Alterations of long non-coding RNA and mRNA profiles associated with extracellular matrix homeostasis and vascular aging in rats

Qianqin Li, Zezhou Xiao, Yongsheng Wang, Ximao Liu, Hao Liu, Zhiwen Luo & Shaoyi Zheng
Vascular aging has been closely associated with various cardiovascular disorders; however, its molecular mechanism remains poorly understood. In our study, RNA sequencing was utilized to explore the expression profiles of long non-coding RNAs (lncRNAs) and mRNAs in the thoracic aortas of young (3 weeks) and old (16 weeks) rats. Functional categorization of differentially expressed mRNAs was evaluated using the Gene Ontology and Kyoto Encyclopedia of Genes and Genomes databases, and lncRNA–microRNA–mRNA networks was constructed using...
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