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Quantum microRNA Assessment of COVID-19 RNA Vaccine: Hidden Potency of BNT162b2 SASR-CoV-2 Spike RNA as MicroRNA Vaccine

Fujii YR*

Kawada-Cho, 106-6, Atsuta-Ku, Nagoya, Japan

*Corresponding author: Yoichi Robertus Fujii, Kawada-Cho, 106-6, Atsuta-Ku, Nagoya, Japan

Submission: March 05, 2021;Published: March 16, 2021

DOI: 10.31031/AICS.2021.03.000552

ISSN 2639-0531
Volume3 Issue1


Objective: The pandemic of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is caused by infection with severe respiratory syndrome human coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2). The spike (S) RNA of SARS-CoV-2 is used to build the COVID-19 vaccine. Although the level of immune response elicited by the full-length S RNA vaccine and the Receptor Binding Domain (RBD) vaccine that is a part of S is similar, the full-length S RNA vaccine is safer and lower reactogenicity than the RBD vaccine. However, the reason has not yet been clarified. On the other hand, the COVID-19 RNA vaccine with the S sequences may produce viral microRNAs (miRNAs). But there are no miRNA assessments for the safety of the COVID-19 vaccines. Therefore, evaluation as miRNA vaccines is necessary for risk management of vaccination.

Materials and Methods: miRNA Fold was used for pre-miRNA prediction in SARS-CoV-2 S RNA. MRmicro- T was used for protein target search. The integrated network algorithm as the miRNA entangling sorter (METS) analysis by using quantum miRNA language plus Artificial Intelligence (AI) were used as previously described.

Results: In computation, sixteen SARS-CoV-2-S-derived miRNAs bound to the negative strand S RNA with quite strong avidities. Further, CovS-miR-21 downregulated Rho associated coiled-coil containing protein kinase (ROCK2) and aryl hydrocarbon receptor nuclear translocator like (ARNTL), and CovSmiR- 3 decreased lysine methyltransferase 2C (KMT2C). Therefore, in the METS analysis, CovS-miR-21 suppressed the function of Ras homolog family member A (RhoA)/Rock2 signaling and circadian rhythm, and CovS-miR-3 inhibited histone H3-K4 methylation.

Conclusion: We found that BNT162b2 inhibits SARS-CoV-2 replication through degradation of negative strand viral RNAs that are completely paired with SARS-CoV-2 S-derived miRNAs. Further, CovS-miR-21 derived from BNT162b2 restores circadian rhythm and attenuate immunogenicity. Quantum miRNA assessments showed that the BNT162b2 RNA vaccine has a character of miRNA vaccine and is an excellent vaccine with high efficacy and low side-effects.

Keywords: COVID-19; SARS-CoV-2; BNT162b2; RNA vaccine; microRNA; Computer simulation; In silico; Circadian rhythm; Rho pathway


In December 2019, severe respiratory syndrome human coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) was identified in Wuhan, China [1]. This zoonotic RNA virus causes coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) (World Health Organization, WHO) ( The genome of SARS-CoV-2 is a positive (+) single-stranded RNA with a nucleic acid length of approximately 30kd. Genome analysis showed that SARS-CoV-2 belongs to the Coronaviridae family of the Beta-coronavirus genus. The viral genome encodes three viral proteins within the envelope: the membrane protein (M), the envelope protein (E), and the spike protein (S). The S protein is a transmembrane protein that binds to host angiotensin-converting enzyme 2 (ACE2) for viral entry into host cells.
The SARS-CoV-2 life cycle does not require nuclear transport. Virus replication requires two different processes. One is the copy of the genome and the other is the production of viral structural and accessory proteins from the sub-genomic mRNAs. The viral replication hub protein, viral RNA-dependent RNA polymerase (Rd RP), is first translated by the host cell mechanism from the infectious viral RNA orf1a/b. Rd RP then initiates negative strand RNA (-) synthesis as complementary viral genomic RNA (+) (Figure 1) [2]. Its RNA (-) is involved in two different processes of viral replication as a template.

Figure 1: Scheme of quantum miRNA assessments for RNA vaccine BNT162b2. BNT162b2 contains SARSCoV- 2 S mRNA. The S mRNA is sandwiched between 5’-UTR of human α-globin including the Kozak sequence and 3’-UTR of human ribosomal RNA. Further, 5’ terminal has cap formation and 3’ terminal has poly A tail. After incorporated into cells, mutated S protein (less viral function) is effectively induced by vaccine recipient’s translation system. Then, a part of S protein would be presented on the antigen-presenting macrophages. The neutral Abs could rise and Th1 would be promoted in vaccinated peoples. On the contrary, the S RNA would produce miRNAs and the miRNA may react to the negative strand SARS-CoV-2 RNA and target proteins. Quantum miRNA assessments should be necessary for understanding low incidents and the high efficacy of BNT612b2.

On the other hand, the reaction between the S protein and ACE2 is required to complete invasion of host cells, such as lung type II alveolar cells. The Receptor-Binding Domain (RBD: amino acid residue (aa)319-541) of the S protein, which is part of the N-terminal S1 fragment, has been identified by crystal structural analysis [3]. After binding, the S protein is rearranged by membrane fusion with the endosomal membrane via cleavage by the host protease. The C-terminal furin (protease) cleavage fragment (S2) of the S protein is deeply implicated in this fusion machinery. Stabilized mutations of S2 from aa986 (lysine, K) and aa987 (valine, V) to proline (P) have been reported to block the fusion state [4]. The S protein also contains the antigenic determinants of neutralizing antibodies (Abs) in COVID-19 patients [5]. Therefore, the S protein synthesized from S RNA is a crucial factor in the development of SARS-CoV-2 vaccines to prevent the COVID-19 pandemic.
For RNA vaccines and viral vector-dependent DNA vaccines, there are COVID-19 vaccine candidates using the S sequence [6]. BioNTech and Pfizer have developed two RNA vaccine candidates, BNT162b1 and BNT162b2. BNT162b1 and BNT162b2 contain RBD messenger RNA (mRNA) and total S protein mRNA, respectively [7,8]. BNT162b1 and BNT162b2 elicited high titers of neutralizing Abs in the sera of vaccinated individuals [9,10]. And all the data on RNA vaccines are publicly available. Both vaccines are N1-methylpseudouridine (Ψ) nucleoside-modified mRNA vaccine formulated with Lipid-Nanoparticles (LNPs) and BNT162b2-derived S protein contains stable mutations in K986P and V987P. Unmodified RNA is highly immunogenic in mouse experiments, but N1-methyl-Ψ RNA weakens innate immunity activities, such as interferon-α production or activation of Toll-Like Receptor 3 (TLR3), and modification of N1-methyl-Ψ mRNA increases its mRNA translation [11,12].
The Ψ has been discovered in mRNA, ribosomal RNA (rRNA), transfer RNA (tRNA) and small nuclear RNA in humans [13]. EMG1 N1-specific pseudouridine methyltransferase (EMG1, NEP1) can act to biosynthesize the N1-methyl-Ψ in eukaryotic 18S rRNAs [14]. Therefore, the Ψ and N1-methyl-Ψ are naturally occurring nucleotides. Additionally, when the Ψ was used for RNA interference experiments, the Ψ containing small RNAs have served as an efficient gene expression inhibitor [15]. Further, LNPs are composed of four lipids, ((4-hydroxybutyl) azanediyl) bis(hexane-6,1-diyl) bis(2-hexyldecanoate) (ALC-0315), the N, N-di-myristylamide of 2-hydroxyacetic acid (ALC-0159), 1,2-distearoyl-sn-glycero-3- phosphocoline (DSPC) and cholesterol. The apparent terminal t1/2 in both the plasma and the liver were 2-3 and 6-8 days for ALC- 0159 and ALC-0315, respectively ( in Summary of the Public Assessment Report for Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine). Therefore, a rare allergic reaction or anaphylaxis by LNPs may be conceivable just after injection of RNA vaccine solution but the long-term effect of vaccine LNPs to our health might be less.
When comparing the safety and immunogenicity of the BNT162b1 and BNT162b2 vaccines into young people (18-55 year of age) and elderly people (65-85 year of age), BNT162b2 has been lower incidences and lower severity of systemic side reactions than BNT162b1 [10]. The immune response was equally elicited by the RBD vaccine BNT162b1 and the total S RNA vaccine BNT162b2. In addition, both vaccines share the same modified RNA platform, the same RNA production and purification processes, and the same LNP composition. Therefore, it is suggested that the RNA sequences in the vaccine may influence the side-effect profile. Further, 15-28 days after the first dose of BNT162b2 vaccination, efficacy has been recorded at 85-91%, despite of quite low titers of neutralizing Abs [10,16]. However, this high efficacy of BNT162b2 has not yet been elucidated, and the reason for the lower incidence of side reactions with BNT162b2 vaccine remains unclear.
It has already been found that coronavirus-derived viral miRNAs are encoded in the middle east respiratory syndrome (MARS)-CoV genome [17], and SARS-CoV produced viral miRNAs from the NSP3 region and N regions (svRNA-N). Anti-svRNA-N viral miRNA reduced lung pathogenic effects in vivo [18]. For SARSCoV- 2, viral miRNAs have been identified in silico [19-21]. Since viral miRNAs are generated from SARS-CoV genomic RNA, the initial protective effect against SARS-CoV-2 on RNA vaccines during the eclipse period until neutralization Abs rises is due to SARS-CoVderived viral miRNAs. It is the miRNA-dependent gene silencing by viral miRNAs derived from SARS-CoV-2 S RNA because SARS-CoV-2 S-derived miRNAs are perfectly paired with the negative strand S RNA (-) of the viral genome. In fact, small RNAs that are completely paired to the viral genomic RNAs inhibit the replication of influenza and foot-and-mouth disease viruses by de-gradating genomic RNA [22,23]. Additionally, Aydemir et al. [24] have computationally predicted SARS-CoV-2 encoded miRNAs targets and the viral miRNAs were related with gene silencing of nuclear factor kappa B (NFKB), Janus kinase (JAK)/signal transducer and activator of transcription (STAT) and transforming growth factor beta (TGFB); however, SARS-CoV-2 S-derived miRNAs have not been listed in the report. Thus, it will be considered that viral miRNAs from SARSCoV- 2 may have a hidden potency of reducing side-effect of the RNA vaccine and may contribute to the initial antiviral defense response of the RNA vaccine.
We have previously found by computing simulation that the defense mechanism against viral infections, ‘the quantum miRNA immunity’ in host is programmed by the quantum miRNA language but viruses produce viral miRNAs to evade the miRNA immunity [20,21,25]. This new discovery of host/virus interaction was achieved by a bioinformatic analysis using miRNA Entangling Target Sorter (METS) algorithm with the quantum miRNA Language Plus Artificial Intelligence (MIRAI). Complements C1QA and C1QB, Acetylcholine Esterase (ACHE) and Mitochondrial Antiviral Signaling protein (MAVS)/Virus-Induced Signaling Adaptor (VISA) have been targeted by a viral miRNA, Cov-miR-2 from the orf10 of the SARS-CoV-2 genome [20,21]. Suppression of complements, ACHE and MAVS/VISA expression was implicated in weak response and SLE-like symptom, augmenting inflammation of lung and autonomic imbalance, and immune deficiency, respectively. It showed that SARS-CoV-2 viral miRNA would cause pathogenicity of COVID-19, in turn, the viral miRNA reduced host immunoreaction to evade from the host defense system. It strongly suggests that SARSCoV- 2 RNA vaccine containing viral miRNAs would have hidden potency to reduce the reactogenicity of RNA vaccine and block viral replication via RNA-dependent gene silencing by breaking down negative strand viral RNA (-). In this report, we investigated viral pre-miRNA from SARS-CoV-2 S and the etiology of viral miRNAs from the pre-miRNAs were simulated by METS with MIRAI.

Materials and Methods

Databases and prediction of SARS-CoV-2 S pre-miRNAs

Google Scholar ( was used for extraction of vaccine data. PubMed ( were also used as a control database not to affect for AI analysis as a false premise bias of our papers listed. Total information content was 401,597 in vaccine, 298,180 in immunity and 42,548 in side-effects. The gene function of protein was searched by Gene- Cards ( Protein ontology was investigated by GO enrichment analysis in Gene-ontology ( Prediction of pre-miRNAs in SARS-CoV-2 S sequences was computed online by miRNA-Fold ( Fold) according to human pre-miRNA structures. Viral miRNAs and their target information were searched with VIRmiRNA ( servers/virmirna/index.html). MR-microT in DIANA TOOLS (diana. imis.athena) was also used for direct protein target search. Data mining about viral miRNA was performed by functional analogy assay as described below.

METS analysis for BNT162b2 miRNAs

METS analysis was performed using SARS-CoV-2 S-derived miRNAs by the computer processing as described previously [26,27]. The quantum energy of miRNA was calculated by double miRNAs’ quantum energy levels of Double Nexus Score (DNS) entangling single miRNA quantum energy levels of Single Nexus Score (SNS). Data of multi-targets to a miRNA and a target to multimiRNAs was extracted from Target Scan Human 7.2 ( and miRTarBase Ver. 8.0 ( Target protein/ protein interaction and protein cluster analysis were searched by STRING Ver. 11.0 ( By using the quantum miRNA language plus artificial intelligence (MIRAI), the Area Under the Curve (AUC) in Receiver Operating Characteristic (ROC), accuracy, precision and F values were calculated as previous description [28,29].

Functional analogy assay and homology analysis

Data of viral miRNA and viral genome was obtained from miRBase Ver. 22.1 ( and Viral Genomes (ncbi.nim. SARS-CoV-2 S sequence (NC_045512.2) was used for calculation of binding ability with putative SARS-CoV-2 S-derived miRNAs. The functional analogy assay between viral miRNA and human miRNA was performed as previously described [29]. BLASTN in miRBase was used for homology sequence search of miRNAs. The RNA secondary structure and the binding ability measuring of RNA were computed by RNAFold (rna.tbi.univie.

Results and Discussion

Putative SARS-CoV-2 miRNAs from the S region

Pre-miRNAs were predicted from SARS-CoV-2 S RNA sequences using human (Homo sapiens) file parameters with the verified features of 70%. As shown in Figure 2, 74 pre-miRNA candidates were found, and the secondary structures of the pre-miRNAs were computed. The free energy of the stem-loop was calculated in miRNAFold, and pre-miRNA candidates with low levels of free energy (> -30 kcal/mol) were cut off. The RBD did not have pre-miRNA stem-loop sequences with high levels of free energy (Figure 2). Thirteen pre-miRNAs were selected and the secondary structure was computed in RNA fold server again. The putative 16 miRNA (CovS-miRNAs) in 11 pre-miRNAs were found from the homologous analysis to human miRNA sequences (Table 1). In functional homology assay, the 8 seed sequences of CovS-miR-21, CovS-miR-50.3, CovS-miR-55 and CovS-miR-60 were 88, 100, 88 and 88% homologous to hsa-miR-142-3p, hsa-miR-4793-3p, hsamiR- 1265 and hsa-miR-6881-3p, respectively (Table 1).

Figure 2: Prediction of pre-miRNA from BNT162b2. Using miRNA Fold web browser, pre-miRNA stem-loops (74 stems) in SARS-CoV-2 S RNA were extracted. Thirteen putative SARS-CoV-2 S-derived pre-miRNAs in Table 1 were depicted as the minimal free energy (ΔG, kcal/mol) (squared). The RBD region is shown as red arrows. Data from mRNA Fold is compared with that from RNA Fold server.

Table 1:Homologous sequences between SARS-CoV-2 S pre-miRNA and human miRNAs

*The sites of K986P and V987P mutations in BNT162b2 S are contained in the pre-miRNA CovS-miR-57. **The region of RBD (aa319-541) is contained in pre-miRNA regions as shown in Figure 2.

Further, in MR-mciroT analysis, direct targets in Homo sapiens against the 8 seed of 16 miRNA candidates were extracted with the cut-off score of 0.99837, and 12 miRNAs were selected (data not shown). Target protein numbers of CovS-miR-3, CovS-miR-14, CovS-miR-21, CovS-miR-48.1, CovS-miR-48.2, CovS-miR-50.1, CovS-miR-50.2, CovS-miR-50.3, CovS-miR-55, CovS-miR-57.2, CovS-miR-60 and CovS-miR-62 were 9, 23, 2, 12, 1, 1, 1, 1, 4, 3, 4 and 16, respectively (data not shown).

Anti-SARS-CoV-2 avidity of BNT162b2-derived miRNAs

The CovS-miRNAs binding avidity was computed to negative and positive strand S targets (Table 2). Although the Ψ can be strongly paired to adenine rather than the pairing of intact uridine to adenine [13], the Ψ activities on RNA-dependent gene silencing are irregularly changed by both the position of Ψ and a Ψ content [15]. Therefore, we used uridine as a naïve molecule for calculation of the minimal free energy (ΔG, kcal/mol).

Table 2:The putative pre-miRNAs from SARS-CoV-2 S.


Sixteen CovS-miRNAs showed ultimate high levels of free energy to negative strand S targets compared with to positive strand S RNA, and the mean potential of whole affinity for negative strand S targets was -43.7 + 6.23 (mean + SD). Since Honeysuckle MIR2911 (5’ggccgggggacggacuggga3’) has been shown anti-SRASCoV- 2 activity in patients with -19.3 + 2.07 of ΔG [30-32], all CovSmiRNAs could inhibit replication of SARS-CoV-2. As 13.2μg/ml of MIR2911 completely inhibited virus replication in vitro, and 0.42- 1.13μg/ml of MIR2911 in serum exosome inhibited SARS-CoV-2 replication in patients, 10-30μg of BNT162b2 in vaccination can be enough source of anti-SARS-CoV-2 CovS-miRNAs to prevent viral replication, relevantly. Further, the Ψ can be strongly paired to adenine as described above, therefore, potency of the N1-methyl-Ψ containing CovS-miRNA molecules to anti-SARS-CoV-2 may be much higher than naïve CovS-miRNA ones. Thus, it is suggested that BNT162b2-derived miRNAs would play an important role for the early high efficacy (15-28 days after the first dose) in BNT162b2 vaccination to prevent viral infection (85-91%) despite of quite low titer upon neutralizing Ab production.

METS analysis for BNT162b2-derived miRNAs

METS analysis was performed to predict BNT162b2-derived miRNA functions by the mixed data from functional homology analysis and MR-mciroT analysis. As summarized on Table 3, targets were extracted, such as KMT2C to CovS-miR-3, NF1 to CovSmiR- 14, ARNL, RAC1, ROCK2, HMGA1 and MYB to CovS-miR-21, LRP-6, NFIB, PTPRD to CovS-miR-48.1, MBD3L1 to CovS-miR-50.3, MTRNR2L3, CYP7B1, GBP3, KRTAP2-3 and PEG3 to CovS-miR-55, and NR2F2 to CovS-miR-62. Four protein clusters, Rho signaling transduction (GO: 000726), WNT-activated receptor activity (GO: 0042813), histone H3-K4 methylation (GO: 0051568) and circadian rhythm (GO: 0007623) were obtained from protein/protein interaction and GO enrichment data (Figure 3 & 4). MBD3L1, MTRNR2L3, CYP7B1, GBP3 and KRTAP2-3 were not linked with these four clusters in protein/protein interaction analysis (data not shown). Therefore, the relation among 12 target proteins and BNT162b2-derived miRNAs was further investigated in the METSMIRAI analysis as quantum miRNA assessments.

Figure 3: MiRNA prediction from BNT162b2-derived pre-miRNAs. The putative miRNA (16 CovS-miRNAs) was found from the homologous analysis to human miRNA sequences (Table 2). CovS-miR-3 from SARS-CoV-2-PremiR- 3, CovS-miR-21 from SARS-CoV-2-Pre-miR-21, CovS-miR-57.1 and CovS-miR-57.2 from SARS-CoV-2-PremiR- 57 were depicted. The secondary structures of CovS-miR-57.1 and CovS-miR-57.2 (right square) were also shown in the small environment.

Table 3: METS analysis of CovS-miRNAs.

Figure 4:The network of METS simulation for CovS-miRNAs. The linkage among protein clusters and miRNAs in Table 3 was depicted by METS. miRNAs in red: upregulation, target proteins in blue squares: downregulation. Small circles in red are the hub miRNAs. Large circles show GO functions, circadian rhythm (GO: 0007623), WNT-activated receptor activity (GO: 0042813) and Rho signal transduction (GO: 0007266). Large trapezium is histone H3-K4 methylation (GO: 0051568).

Anti-inflammation by CovS-miR-21

It is well known that a Rho-kinase, Rho associated coiledcoil containing protein kinase (ROCK) is a pivotal effector of the small GTP-binding Rho protein, and Rho/ROCK pathway is involved in diverse immune functions, such as apoptosis, proliferation, migration and inflammation [33]. In mouse models, aberrant activation of RhoA/ROCK2 pathway has been observed in Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA), Systematic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE) and Multiple Sclerosis (MS) via excessive production of interleukin-17 (IL-17) and IL-21 [34]. Therefore, it is also known that RhoA/ROCK2 pathway is related with T and B cell activation. Further, RAC1 GTPase controls neutrophil recruitment into inflamed and infected tissues via cytoskeletal dynamics [35]. CovSmiR- 21 inhibited ROCK2 and RAC1 with miR-138-5p and with miR- 122-5p (Figure 4). These results showed that CovS-miR-21 would inhibit migration and activation of neutrophil, T and B cells, and would attenuate inflammation through BNT162b2 intramuscular (i.m.) injection in situ.
In addition, LDL receptor related protein 6 (LRP6) expression was reduced by CovS-miR-48.1 with miR-497-5p, miR-15a-5p, miR-16-5p and miR-6838-5p (Figure 4). Since LRP6 is a receptor of proto-oncogene WNT and a secreted WNT (sWNT) agonist Dickkopf-1 (DKK-1) has prevented LPS-induced inflammatory responses in human bronchial epithelial cells via inhibition of LRP6/sWNT [36], suppression of LRP6 by CovS-miR-48.1 would also contribute for attenuation of inflammation through LRP6/ sWNT pathways. Nuclear receptor subfamily 2 group F member 2 (NR2F2, COUP-TFII) was suppressed by CovS-miR-62 with miR-194- 5p (Figure 4). NR2F2 has been involved into human endometrial stromal inflammation in silico [37]; therefore, CovS-miR-62 may also attenuate inflammation by BNT162b2 i.m. injection in situ. Additionally, paternally expressed gene 3 (PEG3) were reduced by CovS-miR-55 with miR-124-3p. As PEG3 expression has been decreased in human glioma cells and tissues and reducing PEG3 renders decreasing of CD8+ killer T cell proliferation and suppression of IFNγ and TGF-β levels [38], downregulation of PEG3 may decrease M2 macrophage activity and ability of killer T cells. Taken together, BNT162b2-derived miRNAs could be implicated in reducing systemic events of vaccine recipients.

A balance of reactogenicity and immunogenicity by CovS-miR-3

Macrophage as an antigen-presenting dendritic cell is the center cell of the innate immunity. A key feature of macrophages is plasticity, and the process of macrophage plasticity induces two different phenotypes, M1 and M2. Classical M1 macrophage is induced by lipopolysaccharide (LPS) or interferon γ (IFNγ) and promotes a proinflammatory response via dominant Toll-like receptor (TLR) ligand or agonist. Alternative M2 macrophage is elicited from immune complex stimulation, and IL-4 or IL-13 production, which promote an anti-inflammatory response [39]. Histone H3 trimethylation on lysine 4 (H3K4me3) and 27 (H3K27me3) has been significantly correlated with macrophage differentiation [40]. In mouse model, M1 showed decreased global enrichment of H3K4me3 whereas M2 increased enrichment of H3K4me3 [41]. As CovS-miR-3 inhibited lysine methyltransferase 2C (KMT2C) with miR-373-3p, miR-372- 3p, miR-302d-3p, miR-302a-3p, miR-520e, miR-520c-3p and miR- 520b (Figure 4), H3K4me3 would be decreased by BNT162b2 vaccination, which may induce M1 state of macrophages. M1-like polarized macrophage promotes the Th1 polarization of CD4 cells [42], which has been confirmed upon BNT162b2 vaccination by Polack et al. [8] and the high efficacy of whole S BNT162b2 was documented [16]. It is suggested that CovS-miR-3 from BNT162b2 could successfully accelerate neutralization Ab production and Th1 cellular immunity response via M1 macrophage/Th1 polarization. Given anti-inflammation function by BNT162b2-derived CovSmiR- 21, a balance of reactogenicity and immunogenicity would be controlled by another BNT162b2-derived CovS-miR-3.

Pain-related CovS-miR-14

Neurofibromin 1 (NF1) gene on chromosome 17 in human is thought to be associated with neuro-fibromatosis type 1 and to be involved in pain [43]. Since CovS-miR-14 suppressed NF1 with miR-103a-3p and miR-107 (Figure 4), Covs-miR-14 may reduce pain after injection. Furthermore, receptor-type protein tyrosine phosphatase D (PTPRD) was suppressed by CovS-miR-48.1 with miR-24-3p (Figure 4). Decreasing of PTPRD has reduced cocaine reward and addiction in mice [44], so CovS-miR-48.1 may contribute for anti-addiction medication.

Anti-oncogenic CovS-miR-48.1 and CovS-miR-21

Nuclear Factor IB (NFIB) and v-myb avian Myelobastosis viral oncogene (MYB) were inhibited by CovS-miR-48.1 with miR-138- 5p and CovS-miR-21 with miR-155-5p, respectively (Figure 4). The MYB/NFIB fusion proto-oncogene generates the MYB/NFIB transcription factor and has been detected in a high percentage of patients with adenoid cystic carcinoma [45]. Further, High Mobility Group A1 (HMGA1) was suppressed by CovS-miR-21 with let- 7b-5p, let-7a-5p and miR-196a-5p (Figure 4). Since HMGA1 is an oncofoetal transcriptional factor and can be related with promotion and metastasis of numerous malignant cancers [46], both results are strongly suggested that BNT162b2 is non-oncogenic. Thus, oncogenic activity of BNT162b2 might be prevented by BNT162b2- derived miRNAs.

Circadian rhythm controller of CovS-miR-21

The robustness of circadian rhythm is implicated in the oscillating expression of clock gene family, such as clock circadian regulator (CLOCK), Aryl Hydrocarbon Receptor Nuclear Translocator Like (ARNTL, BMAL1), Period Circadian Regulators (PERs), Cryptochrome Circadian Regulators (CRYs). Disturbance of these clock genes lead to pathophysiology for cardiovascular system, whereas the stabilization is protective [47]. Although ARNTL was reduced by CovS-miR-21 with miR-206 (Figure 4), deletion of circadian rhythm-related gene BMAL1 has exacerbated acute bronchiolitis caused Sendai and influenza A virus in mice [48]. Therefore, CovS-miR-21 is an aggravating factor for SARS-CoV-2 pathogenicity because low levels of BMAL1 expression promoted RNA viral replication [49,50]. As shown in Figure 5, ARNTL expression is various among seasons in human blood sample and the lowest levels of ARNTL has been observed during the winter months [51] coinciding with the peak season for respiratory viral epidemics (Figure 5, a right panel) [52]. In the case of COVID-19 pandemic, since ARNTL was suppressed by Covs-miR-21 from SARS-CoV-2 S, infectivity and mortality of SARS-CoV-2 infection are acceleratively both higher in colder climates [53].

Figure 5: Summary of the quantum miRNA assessment for BNT162b2. BNT162b2-derived miRNAs inhibit SARS-CoV-2 replication via degradation of the negative strand viral RNA by completely paired RNA-dependent gene silencing (blue arrows), which would induce the high efficacy (85-91%) on 15-28 days after the first dose of BNT162b2 vaccination. BNT162b2-derived CovS-miR-21 would restore circadian rhythm and attenuate immunogenicity while CovS-miR-3 would induce Th1 promotion and antibody production. Therefore, CovSmiR- 21 and CovS-miR-3 would play an important role for lower incidence and high neutral Ab production plus Th1 promotion, respectively. The circadian oscillation is seasonally synchronized with immune cells’ gene expression in healthy people (the right panel) and SAR-CoV-2 S-derived CovS-miR-21 would make a narrow peak in the summer season (red arrows). On the other hand, BNT162b2-derived CovS-miR-21 could restore the circadian rhythm by direct beating the viral genome. Substantially as described as similia similibus curantur, BNT162b2-CovS-miR-21 would attenuate immunogenicity via suppression of clock gene. The pandemic of COVID-19 would be successfully decreased by BNT162b2.

On the contrary, CovS-miR-21 from BNT162b2 would limit innate immunity via decreasing of ARNTL in circadian-rhythm [54,55]. ARNTL knockout mice has rendered macrophages unable to sustain inflammatory reaction and M1 macrophages enhanced ARNTL expression [56,57]. Thus, these data strongly suggest that inflammation by vaccine injection could be attenuated by CovSmiR- 21 as described above. Subsequently, since CoVS-miR-21 was a viral pathogenic factor, adenovirus- or vaccinia virus-based DNA vaccines should consider additional side-effects of SARS-CoV-2 S-derived miRNAs as circadian rhythm disturber because SARSCoV- 2 S DNA in adenovirus vector may be integrated into the host chromosome as a character of viral vectors [6,58,59]. For example, as the relationship of subarachnoid hemorrhage to circadian oscillation via CRYs and PER2 has been widely studied [47,60,61] spontaneous brain injury may be induced by SARS-CoV-2 S-derived miRNA.

The hub of miRNA/protein for BNT162b2 safety and efficacy

The results of the quantum miRNA assessment were validated by MIRAI about four subjects as vaccine, immunity, acute inflammation, side-effects (Table 4). An AUC of BNT162b2-derived miRNAs was 73.08% when data was compared with that of host miRNA upon SARS-CoV-2 infection (92.36%). Therefore, miRNA assessments with the METS analysis were statistically significant by AI validation. From high precision percentage (95.00%), it is suggested that CosV-miR-21/RhoA-Rock2 signaling/circadian rhythm axis and CovS-miR-3/histone H3-K4 methylation are the hub of BNT162b2 safety and efficacy, respectively (Figure 5).

Table 4: The validation of miRNA assessment upon RNA v.


Given SARS-CoV-2 S-derived miRNAs, with respect to the SARSCoV- 2 pandemic, ARNTL expression in low level season increase COVID-19 infection cases, in contrast, ARNTL in high level season decrease COVID-19 according to circadian rhythm. In viral infection, SARS-CoV-2 would escape from quick immune response by effective macrophage-phenotype induction in host by using RhoA/ Rock2 inhibition and would limit immune reaction by controlling of circadian rhythm. Therefore, BNT162b2 vaccine-derived CovSmiRNAs would work as ‘similia similibus curantur ‘. Although accuracy and F value were not statistically enough in the validation of BNT162b2, the low percentages of accuracy (48.70%) and F value (64.41%) might be due to biphasic characters of BNT162b2 S as this time limitation of the AI-validation. Because the control host miRNAs in SARS-CoV-2 infection showed high percentage of accuracy (90.00%) and F values (94.34%) (Table 4). Thus, more data may be necessary for assessment of safety and efficacy on COVID-19 RNA vaccine.
We have previously shown that rice MIR2097-5p putative binding site was broadly distributed in the viral genome of SARSCoV- 2 [32]. However, CovS-miRNAs did not show significant binding avidity to the pathogenic orf10 of SARS-CoV-2. It suggests that RNA vaccination may not be enough to completely silence the COVID-19 pandemic. Since our study shows that an approach to design a mix of miRNAs targeting several regions of the SARS-CoV-2 open reading frame (orf) and the UTRs would be possible in the development of miRNA vaccines, plant MIR2079-5p mixed miRNA vaccine may be applicable for advanced BNT162b2 vaccines [62]. In addition, patients who developed COVID-19 after vaccination may need therapeutic agents such as rice MIR2097-5p to control SARS-CoV-2. Further investigations are needed.


On the premise of conclusion, in BNT162b2 vaccine, LNPs is used as a non-viral delivery system, contributing to vaccine safety and an effective immune response. Our study in silico highlights the importance of BNT162b2 vaccine-derived miRNAs as a hallmark of miRNA vaccines and reveals a novel molecular mechanism of RNA vaccine efficacy through an excellent balance of reactogenicity and immunogenicity. We found that BNT162b2-derived CovSmiR- 21 and its target ARNTL and ROCK2 emerge as key player in the restoration of circadian rhythms and the attenuation of immunogenicity, while a histone H3-K4 methyl transferase, KMT2C inhibition by CovS-miR-3 induces Th1 promotion and antibody production via M1 macrophage/Th1 polarization. The immune balance of this RNA vaccine significantly results higher efficacy and low side-effects as described as similia similibus curantur. Quantum miRNA assessments help validate vaccines to investigate hidden effects on the immune system.


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