Differentially expressed micoRNAs in human oocytes

  • Yan-Wen Xu
  • Bin Wang
  • Chen-Hui Ding
  • Tao Li
  • Fang Gu
  • Canquan ZhouEmail author
Gamete Biology



To identify differentially expressed microRNAs (miRNAs) and expression patterns of specific miRNAs during meiosis in human oocytes.

Materials and methods

To identify differentially expressed miRNAs, GV oocytes and MII oocytes matured at conventional FSH levels (5.5 ng/ml) were analyzed by miRNA microarray. Real-time RT-PCR was used to confirm the changed miRNAs. To validate the dynamic changes of miRNAs from GV to MII stages, oocytes were divided into four groups (#1–4), corresponding to GV oocytes, MI oocytes, MII oocytes matured in conventional FSH level and MII oocytes matured in high FSH level (2,000 ng/ml) respectively.


Compared with GV oocytes, MII oocytes exhibited up-regulation of 4 miRNAs (hsa-miR-193a-5p, hsa-miR-297, hsa-miR-625 and hsa-miR-602), and down-regulation of 11 miRNAs (hsa-miR-888*, hsa-miR-212, hsa-miR-662, hsa-miR-299-5p, hsa-miR-339-5p, hsa-miR-20a, hsa-miR-486-5p, hsa-miR-141*, hsa-miR-768-5p, hsa-miR-376a and hsa-miR-15a). RT-PCR analysis of hsa-miR-15a and hsa-miR-20a expression revealed concordant dynamic changes in oocytes from group 1 to group 4.


Specific miRNAs in human oocytes had dynamic changes during meiosis. High-concentration FSH in IVM medium led to reverse effect on the expression of hsa-miR-15a and hsa-miR-20a.


miRNA Oocytes In vitro maturation qRT-PCR 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Yan-Wen Xu
    • 1
  • Bin Wang
    • 1
  • Chen-Hui Ding
    • 1
  • Tao Li
    • 1
  • Fang Gu
    • 1
  • Canquan Zhou
    • 1
    Email author
  1. 1.Reproductive Medical Centerthe First Affiliated Hospital of Sun Yat-sen UniversityGuangzhouChina

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