Integrated analysis of miRNA and mRNA expression profiles in 2-, 6-, and 12-month-old Small Tail Han Sheep ovaries reveals that oar-miR-432 downregulates RPS6KA1 expression
miRNA sequencing data during 2-, 6-, and 12- month-old Small Tail Han Sheep ovaries,
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Sample preparation Animals were obtained from the Jilin Jiayuan Sheep Breeding Co. Ltd（Chang Ling, P. R. China）. All sheep were raised under the same environment with natural light and free intake of food and water. Three healthy animals in each age group were selected to obtain the ovaries for this study. The tissue samples were immediately snap-frozen in liquid nitrogen for total RNA extraction. Library preparation for transcriptome sequencing A total amount of 3 μg total RNA per sample was used as input material for the small RNA library. Sequencing libraries were generated using NEBNext® Multiplex Small RNA Library Prep Set for Illumina® (NEB, USA.) following manufacturer’s recommendations and index codes were added to attribute sequences to each sample. Briefly, NEB 3' SR Adaptor was directly, and specifically ligated to 3' end of miRNA, siRNA and piRNA. After the 3' ligation reaction, the SR RT Primer hybridized to the excess of 3' SR Adaptor (that remained free after the 3' ligation reaction) and transformed the single-stranded DNA adaptor into a double-stranded DNA molecule. This step is important to prevent adaptor-dimer formation, besides, dsDNAs are not substrates for ligation mediated by T4 RNA Ligase 1 and therefore do not ligate to the 5´ SR Adaptor in the subsequent ligation step. 5´ends adapter was ligated to 5´ends of miRNAs, siRNA and piRNA. Then first strand cDNA was synthesized using M-MuLV Reverse Transcriptase (RNase H-). PCR amplification was performed using LongAmp Taq 2X Master Mix, SR Primer for illumina and index (X) primer. PCR products were purified on a 8% polyacrylamide gel (100V, 80 min). DNA fragments corresponding to 140~160 bp (the length of small noncoding RNA plus the 3' and 5' adaptors) were recovered and dissolved in 8 μL elution buffer. At last, library quality was assessed on the Agilent Bioanalyzer 2100 system using DNA High Sensitivity Chips. Clustering and sequencing The clustering of the index-coded samples was performed on a cBot Cluster Generation System using TruSeq SR Cluster Kit v3-cBot-HS (Illumia) according to the manufacturer’s instructions. After cluster generation, the library preparations were sequenced on an Illumina Hiseq 2500/2000 platform and 50bp single-end reads were generated.