†These authors contributed equally.
This study was aimed at investigating the differentially expressions of long
noncoding RNAs (lncRNAs) and mRNAs in the brains of a middle cerebral artery
occlusion/reperfusion (MCAO/R) group and a MCAO/R + 20(R)-Rg3 group.
Biological enrichment analysis was performed, and a lncRNA-mRNA coexpression
network was constructed, to reveal the targets and pathways of 20(R)-Rg3
involved in the regulation of cerebral ischemia-reperfusion injury (CIRI). The
RNA-seq high-throughput sequencing method was employed to detect
differentially-expressed genes between the groups, which were verified by RT-PCR.
Functional enrichment analyses of Gene Ontology (GO) and Kyoto Encyclopedia of
Genes and Genomes (KEGG) pathway were performed to explore the biological
functions and relevant pathways. The coexpression network of the screened lncRNAs
and mRNAs was built by using Cytoscape software. The results identified 77
upregulated lncRNAs, 162 downregulated lncRNAs, 66 upregulated mRNAs and 472
downregulated mRNAs in the MCAO/R + 20(R)-Rg3 group, compared with those
in the MCAO/R group. GO enrichment analysis showed that the GO terms were mainly
enriched in stimulation response, cellular response, and stress response. KEGG
pathways were mainly related to the tumor necrosis factor (TNF), NF-