MicroRNAs in Cancer: From Diagnosis to Therapeutics

  • Kanisha Shah
  • Rakesh M. Rawal


MicroRNAs also known as miRNAs/miRs are small, intrinsic non-coding RNAs having a vital role controlling the target gene expression. The significant role of microRNAs in tumours has been highlighted owing to different alterations such as amplification, deletion, point mutations in miRNA target genes, aberrant miRNA regulation at the transcriptional level, impaired epigenetic variations, dysregulation of the miRNA biogenesis mechanism as well as the complex interactions between miRNA and their target genes. These act either as oncogenes or tumour suppressors in certain conditions, and their dysregulation has been reported to influence different cancer hallmarks such as enduring proliferative signalling, escaping growth suppressors, opposing cell death and stimulating angiogenesis, tumour invasion as well as metastasis. Numerous reports have recognized miRNAs as impending biomarkers for diagnosis, prognosis of human tumours clinical assessment of patient outcome, disease monitoring and therapeutic targets and/or tools. Thus, this review encompasses the miRNAs regulation and mechanism that is involved in the advancement of human tumours and also sheds light on the clinical applications of miRNAs in different cancers.


MicroRNA Tumour Oncogene Tumour suppressor Biogenesis Regulation in cancer 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Kanisha Shah
    • 1
  • Rakesh M. Rawal
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Life ScienceSchool of Sciences, Gujarat UniversityAhmedabadIndia

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