Microglial microRNAs mediate sex-specific responses to tau pathology.
Published Web Locationhttps://doi.org/10.1038/s41593-019-0560-7
Sex is a key modifier of neurological disease outcomes. Microglia are implicated in neurological diseases and modulated by microRNAs, but it is unknown whether microglial microRNAs have sex-specific influences on disease. We show in mice that microglial microRNA expression differs in males and females and that loss of microRNAs leads to sex-specific changes in the microglial transcriptome and tau pathology. These findings suggest that microglial microRNAs influence tau pathogenesis in a sex-specific manner.