Identification of a circRNA-miRNA-mRNA network to explore the effects of circRNAs on renal injury in systemic lupus erythematosus

Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) is a chronic autoimmune disease. At present, the mechanism of non-coding RNA in renal injury in SLE patients is still unclear. A total of 64 DEcircRNAs, 75 DEmiRNAs, and 249 DEmRNAs were identified. We integrated 10 circRNAs, 10 miRNAs, and 88 target mRNAs into a circRNA-miRNA-mRNA network and obtained 9 hub genes (circ-0000006, miR-766-3p, miR-409-3p, miR-339-3p, miR-331-3p, miR-140-3p, miR-186-5p, miR-149-5p, PSME3). The ROC curve results showed that the diagnostic efficiency of 6 hub miRNA was higher than that of has_circ_0000006 and PSEME3. SsGSEA analysis revealed immune cell composition in SLE and control renal tissues, including 3 types of immune cells up-regulated (gamma delta T cell, effector memory CD4 T cell, central memory CD8 T cell) and 4 types down-regulated (memory B cell, mast cell, macrophage, immature dendritic cell, eosinophil) in SLE patients. In addition, PSME3 was negatively correlated with 3 up-regulated immune cells and positively correlated with 4 down-regulated immune cells in SLE patients. Our study provides a deeper understanding of the circRNA-related competing endogenous RNA regulatory mechanism in the renal injury of systemic lupus erythematosus.


Systemic lupus erythematosus; circRNA; competitive endogenous RNA; renal injury.

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