Professional Education

  • Doctor of Philosophy, University of Florida (2013)
  • Bachelor of Science, University of Florida (2006)

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  • microRNA regulation of endothelin-1 mRNA in renal collecting duct cells. Life sciences Jacobs, M. E., Jeffers, L. A., Welch, A. K., Wingo, C. S., Cain, B. D. 2014


    Recently, microRNAs (miRNAs) have been implicated in control of Edn1 mRNA in several tissues. Here we examined the role of miRNA action on Edn1 mRNA expression in renal distal collecting duct cells.A microarray study was conducted to provide a comprehensive assessment of miRNAs present in a murine inner medullary collecting duct (mIMCD-3) cell line. The experiment was designed as a comparison between mIMCD-3 cells grown in the presence and absence of aldosterone. Argonaute (Ago) immunoprecipitation experiments were used to investigate binding of the RNA induced silencing complex (RISC) to Edn1 mRNA.Thirty-four miRNAs were detected in very high abundance in mIMCD-3 cells, and a large number of others were present at lower levels. The microarray experiments were validated by quantitative PCR analysis of selected miRNAs. The microarray data, in combination with in silico examination of the Edn1 3' UTR provided a panel of candidate miRNAs that could act upon the Edn1 expression. Edn1 mRNA was co-immunoprecipitated with an Argonaute protein antibody, and this interaction was blocked by anti-miR-709 oligonucleotides.These results define the miRNA landscape of the mIMCD-3 cell line. Moreover, Edn1 was shown to interact with Argonaute protein suggesting that it is a target of the RNA induced silencing complex (RISC).

    View details for DOI 10.1016/j.lfs.2014.03.003

    View details for PubMedID 24632479

  • Early progress in epigenetic regulation of endothelin pathway genes BRITISH JOURNAL OF PHARMACOLOGY Welch, A. K., Jacobs, M. E., Wingo, C. S., Cain, B. D. 2013; 168 (2): 327-334


    Control of gene transcription is a major regulatory determinant for function of the endothelin pathway. Epigenetic mechanisms act on tissue-specific gene expression during development and in response to physiological stimuli. Most of the limited evidence available on epigenetic regulation of the endothelin pathway focuses on the EDN1 and EDNRB genes. Examination of whole genome databases suggests that both genes are influenced by histone modifications and DNA methylation. This interpretation is supported by studies directed at detecting epigenetic action on the two genes. The clearest illustration of epigenetic factors altering endothelin signalling is DNA methylation-associated EDNRB silencing during tumourigenesis. This review summarizes our current understanding of epigenetic regulation of the endothelin pathway genes. LINKED ARTICLES This article is part of a themed section on Endothelin. To view the other articles in this section visit

    View details for DOI 10.1111/j.1476-5381.2012.01826.x

    View details for Web of Science ID 000313751200005

    View details for PubMedID 22220553

  • An emerging role for microRNA in the regulation of endothelin-1. Frontiers in physiology Jacobs, M. E., Wingo, C. S., Cain, B. D. 2013; 4: 22-?


    Endothelin-1 (ET-1) is a peptide signaling molecule serving diverse functions in many different tissues such as the vasculature and the kidney. The primary mechanism thought to control ET-1 bioavailability is the rate of transcription from the ET-1 gene (EDN1), but recent research suggests that EDN1 expression is attenuated by microRNA (miRNA)-mediated regulation. The action of specific miRNAs on EDN1 mRNA appears to vary greatly in a tissue specific manner. This review provides a summary of our current understanding of miRNA-EDN1 interaction.

    View details for DOI 10.3389/fphys.2013.00022

    View details for PubMedID 23424003

  • Endothelin-1 gene regulation FASEB JOURNAL Stow, L. R., Jacobs, M. E., Wingo, C. S., Cain, B. D. 2011; 25 (1): 16-28


    Over two decades of research have demonstrated that the peptide hormone endothelin-1 (ET-1) plays multiple, complex roles in cardiovascular, neural, pulmonary, reproductive, and renal physiology. Differential and tissue-specific production of ET-1 must be tightly regulated in order to preserve these biologically diverse actions. The primary mechanism thought to control ET-1 bioavailability is the rate of transcription from the ET-1 gene (edn1). Studies conducted on a variety of cell types have identified key transcription factors that govern edn1 expression. With few exceptions, the cis-acting elements bound by these factors have been mapped in the edn1 regulatory region. Recent evidence has revealed new roles for some factors originally believed to regulate edn1 in a tissue or hormone-specific manner. In addition, other mechanisms involved in epigenetic regulation and mRNA stability have emerged as important processes for regulated edn1 expression. The goal of this review is to provide a comprehensive overview of the specific factors and signaling systems that govern edn1 activity at the molecular level.

    View details for DOI 10.1096/fj.10-161612

    View details for Web of Science ID 000285869500002

    View details for PubMedID 20837776