DOI: 10.3390/plants12173070 ISSN:

Small RNA-Seq to Unveil the miRNA Expression Patterns and Identify the Target Genes in Panax ginseng

Chang Liu, Yang Jiang, Ziyi Yun, Kexin Zhang, Mingzhu Zhao, Yi Wang, Meiping Zhang, Zhuo Tian, Kangyu Wang
  • Plant Science
  • Ecology
  • Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics

Panax ginseng, renowned for its medicinal properties, relies on adventitious roots and hairy roots as crucial sources for the production of ginsenosides. Despite the widespread utilization of ginseng, investigations into its miRNAs have remained scarce. To address this gap, two samples of ginseng adventitious roots and ginseng hairy roots were collected, and subsequent construction and sequencing of small RNA libraries of ginseng adventitious roots and hairy roots were performed using the Illumina HiSeq X Ten platform. The analysis of the sequencing data unveiled total miRNAs 2432. The miR166 and miR396 were the most highly expressed miRNA families in ginseng. The miRNA expression analysis results were used to validate the qRT-PCR. Target genes of miRNA were predicted and GO function annotation and KEGG pathway analysis were performed on target genes. It was found that miRNAs are mainly involved in synthetic pathways and biological processes in plants, which include metabolic and bioregulatory processes. The plant miRNAs enriched KEGG pathways are associated with some metabolism, especially amino acid metabolism and carbohydrate metabolism. These results provide valuable insights miRNAs and their roles in metabolic processes in ginseng.

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