Abstract W MP45: RNA-seq Analysis of mRNA/miRNA in Rabbit Aneurysm Model Reveals Similar Expression Patterns to Human Intracranial Aneurysms
Background and Purpose: Rabbit aneurysm models are used in the testing of embolization devices as well as elucidating the mechanisms human intracranial aneurysm growth and healing. We employed ribonucleic acid sequencing (RNA-seq) technology to identify genes relevant to induced rabbit aneurysm biology and compare these with genes related to human intracranial aneurysms to identify genes of potential clinical interest. This included sequencing micro RNA, which are important regulatory non-coding RNA.
Materials and Methods: Elastase-induced saccular aneurysms were created at the origin of the right common carotid artery (CCA) in 5 rabbits. Messenger ribonucleic acid (mRNA) and micro ribonucleic acid (miRNA) was isolated from the aneurysm and the control unoperated left CCA at 12 weeks and was processed using RNA-seq technology. The results from RNA-seq were analyzed using Ingenuity Pathway Analysis.
Results: 9396 genes were analyzed using RNA-seq, of which 649 (6.9%) were found to be significantly differentially expressed between aneurysm and control tissues (p < 0.05, false discovery rate 2). Of these, 500 were up-regulated in the aneurysm and 149 were down-regulated as compared to controls. Using the same criteria, 3 miRNA were identified as down regulated and 5 were identified as up regulated. Pathway analysis associated these genes with inflammatory response, cellular migration, and coagulation, among other functions and pathologies.
Conclusion: RNA-seq next-gen analysis of rabbit aneurysms shows similarities to human intracranial aneurysms with respect to regulation of some key pathways.
Author Disclosures: M. Holcomb: None. Y. Ding: None. D. Dai: None. R. McDonald: None. J. McDonald: None. D. Kallmes: Research Grant; Significant; Sequent Medical, Covidien Inc, Codman. R. Kadirvel: Research Grant; Significant; NIH.
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