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Music-listening regulates human microRNA expression.

Authors
  • Nair, Preethy Sasidharan1
  • Raijas, Pirre2
  • Ahvenainen, Minna1
  • Philips, Anju K1
  • Ukkola-Vuoti, Liisa1
  • Järvelä, Irma1
  • 1 Department of Medical Genetics, University of Helsinki, Helsinki, Finland. , (Finland)
  • 2 Järvenpää Music Institute, Järvenpää, Finland. , (Finland)
Type
Published Article
Journal
Epigenetics
Publisher
Landes Bioscience
Publication Date
May 01, 2021
Volume
16
Issue
5
Pages
554–566
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1080/15592294.2020.1809853
PMID: 32867562
Source
Medline
Keywords
Language
English
License
Unknown

Abstract

Music-listening and performance have been shown to affect human gene expression. In order to further elucidate the biological basis of the effects of music on the human body, we studied the effects of music-listening on gene regulation by sequencing microRNAs of the listeners (Music Group) and their controls (Control Group) without music exposure. We identified upregulation of six microRNAs (hsa-miR-132-3p, hsa-miR-361-5p, hsa-miR-421, hsa-miR-23a-3p, hsa-miR-23b-3p, hsa-miR-25-3p) and downregulation of two microRNAs (hsa-miR-378a-3p, hsa-miR-16-2-3p) in Music Group with high musical aptitude. Some upregulated microRNAs were reported to be responsive to neuronal activity (miR-132, miR-23a, miR-23b) and modulators of neuronal plasticity, CNS myelination, and cognitive functions like long-term potentiation and memory. miR-132 plays a critical role in regulating TAU protein levels and is important for preventing tau protein aggregation that causes Alzheimer's disease. miR-132 and DICER, upregulated after music-listening, protect dopaminergic neurons and are important for retaining striatal dopamine levels. Some of the transcriptional regulators (FOS, CREB1, JUN, EGR1, and BDNF) of the upregulated microRNAs were immediate early genes and top candidates associated with musical traits. BDNF and SNCA, co-expressed and upregulated in music-listening and music-performance, are both are activated by GATA2, which is associated with musical aptitude. Several miRNAs were associated with song-learning, singing, and seasonal plasticity networks in songbirds. We did not detect any significant changes in microRNA expressions associated with music education or low musical aptitude. Our data thereby show the importance of inherent musical aptitude for music appreciation and for eliciting the human microRNA response to music-listening.

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