AB094. High-throughput sequencing of small RNA component of penile in a post-radical prostatectomy model of erectile dysfunction
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AB094. High-throughput sequencing of small RNA component of penile in a post-radical prostatectomy model of erectile dysfunction

Yajun Ruan, Yang Luan, Yan Zhang, Hao Li, Rui Li, Kai Cui, Hongyang Jiang, Mingchao Li, Tao Wang, Jihong Liu

Tongji Hospital, Tongji Medical College, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Wuhan, China


Objective: The introduction of nerve-sparing radical prostatectomy represents a milestone in the treatment of prostate cancer. However, a certain percentage of cancer survivors still suffer from erectile dysfunction. Recent research has stated that using PDE 5-inhibitors after radical prostatectomy may lead to biochemical recurrence. This study was performed to identify the expression profile of small RNA in rats with neurogenic erectile dysfunction, and to investigate possible genes and signaling pathways involving in the disease.

Methods: Neurogenic erectile dysfunction (ED) was induced in male rats by bilateral cavernous nerve crushing injury (BCNI). After 28 days, erectile function was evaluated by cavernous nerve electrostimulation. Masson’s trichrome staining was performed to assess histologic changes. RNA was isolated from the corpus cavernosum (CC) of both control rats and neurogenic ED rats. Small RNA sequencing was conducted using an Illumina Hiseq 2,500/2,000 platform. Candidate small RNAs were validated by real-time polymerase chain reaction.

Results: Intracavernous pressure (ICP) was significantly decreased in BCNI group compared with SHAM group. Corporal tissue in the neurogenic ED rats showed a significantly lower smooth muscle/collagen ratio compared with tissue in the SHAM controls. Real time PCR validated that miR-9a-5p, miR-203a-5p, miR-378a-3p and miR-3557-5p were upregulated, and meanwhile miR-3084a-3p was downregulated.

Conclusions: Small RNA, including microRNA, may play an important role in the regulation of genes in CC and some certain miRs may participate in post-prostatectomy ED. Further studies will be designed to investigate the specific mechanisms of these changes.

Keywords: Erectile dysfunction (ED); small RNA sequencing; cavernous nerve injury; microRNA


doi: 10.21037/tau.2016.s094


Cite this abstract as: Ruan Y, Luan Y, Zhang Y, Li H, Li R, Cui K, Jiang H, Li M, Wang T, Liu J. High-throughput sequencing of small RNA component of penile in a post-radical prostatectomy model of erectile dysfunction. Transl Androl Urol 2016;5(Suppl 1):AB094. doi: 10.21037/tau.2016.s094

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