An updated LncTarD 2.0 database provides a comprehensive resource on key lncRNA-target regulations, their influenced functions and lncRNA-mediated regulatory mechanisms in human diseases. LncTarD 2.0 was updated with several new features, including (i) an increased number of disease-associated lncRNA entries, where the current release provides 8360 key lncRNA-target regulations, with 419 disease subtypes and 1355 lncRNAs; (ii) predicted 3312 out of 8360 lncRNA-target regulations as potential diagnostic or therapeutic biomarkers in circulating tumor cells (CTCs); (iii) addition of 536 new, experimentally supported lncRNA-target regulations that modulate properties of cancer stem cells; (iv) addition of an experimentally supported clinical application section of 2894 lncRNA-target regulations for potential clinical application. Importantly, LncTarD 2.0 provides RNA-seq/microarray and single-cell web tools for customizable analysis and visualization of lncRNA-target regulations in diseases. RNA-seq/microarray web tool was used to mining lncRNA-target regulations in both disease tissue samples and CTCs blood samples. The single-cell web tools provide single-cell lncRNA-target annotation from the perspectives of pan-cancer analysis and cancer-specific analysis at the single-cell level. LncTarD 2.0 will be a useful resource and mining tool for the investigation of the functions and mechanisms of lncRNA deregulation in human disease.
Data expansion and features of LncTarD 2.0
(A) Summary of the contents of the database, including the collection of articles reporting lncRNA–target regulations, the addition of lncRNA–target regulations information and mechanisms, and the construction of single-cell and RNA-seq/microarray web tools. (B) Data on the regulatory mechanisms, biological functions, and clinical application of lncRNA–target regulations in diseases are included. A panel of tools has been developed to mine, visualize, and analyze lncRNAs at single cell and RNA-seq/microarray levels.