CMC’s work highlighted in Nature Methods February 2018 Issue

The Nature Methods February issue contains an article that discusses important advances work in the field of non-coding RNAs.

Among the covered topics are the CMC’s pioneering discoveries of numerous novel, tissue- and primate-specific human microRNAs ([3], see also here), and of the dependency of microRNA isoforms and tRNA-derived fragments on a person’s sex, population, race and disease ([1,2] see also here and here). The findings suggest that disease is shaped by the push-and-pull of many of these new non-coding regulators (see adjacent picture). Click here to read this article and click here for a list of web resources that accompany the article and were posted in the journal’s blog.


  1. Telonis, AG, Rigoutsos, I. Race Disparities in the Contribution of miRNA Isoforms and tRNA-Derived Fragments to Triple-Negative Breast Cancer. Cancer Res. 2018;78 (5):1140-1154. doi: 10.1158/0008-5472.CAN-17-1947. PubMed PMID:29229607 PubMed Central PMC5935570.
  2. Telonis, AG, Magee, R, Loher, P, Chervoneva, I, Londin, E, Rigoutsos, I. Knowledge about the presence or absence of miRNA isoforms (isomiRs) can successfully discriminate amongst 32 TCGA cancer types. Nucleic Acids Res. 2017;45 (6):2973-2985. doi: 10.1093/nar/gkx082. PubMed PMID:28206648 PubMed Central PMC5389567.
  3. Londin, E, Loher, P, Telonis, AG, Quann, K, Clark, P, Jing, Y, Hatzimichael, E, Kirino, Y, Honda, S, Lally, M, Ramratnam, B, Comstock, CE, Knudsen, KE, Gomella, L, Spaeth, GL, Hark, L, Katz, LJ, Witkiewicz, A, Rostami, A, Jimenez, SA, Hollingsworth, MA, Yeh, JJ, Shaw, CA, McKenzie, SE, Bray, P, Nelson, PT, Zupo, S, Van Roosbroeck, K, Keating, MJ, Calin, GA, Yeo, C, Jimbo, M, Cozzitorto, J, Brody, JR, Delgrosso, K, Mattick, JS, Fortina, P, Rigoutsos, I. Analysis of 13 cell types reveals evidence for the expression of numerous novel primate- and tissue-specific microRNAs. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. U.S.A. 2015;112 (10):E1106-15. doi: 10.1073/pnas.1420955112. PubMed PMID:25713380 PubMed Central PMC4364231.

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