MicroRNAs as regulators of bone homeostasis and bone metastasis.


Ell, Brian, and Yibin Kang. “MicroRNAs as regulators of bone homeostasis and bone metastasis.”. Bonekey Rep 3 (2014): , 3, 549. Web.

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MicroRNAs (miRNAs) are short, endogenous RNAs that have essential roles in regulating gene expression through the disruption of target genes. The miRNA-induced suppression can occur through Argonaute-mediated cleavage of target mRNAs or by translational inhibition. System-wide studies have underscored the integral role that miRNAs play in regulating the expression of essential genes within bone marrow stromal cells. The miRNA expression has been shown to enhance or inhibit cell differentiation and activity, and elucidating miRNA targets within bone marrow cells has revealed novel regulations during normal bone development. Importantly, multiple studies have shown that miRNA misexpression mediates the progression of bone-related pathologies, including osteopetrosis and osteoporosis, as well as the development and progression of osteosarcoma. Furthermore, recent studies have detailed the capacity for miRNAs to influence bone metastasis from a number of primary carcinomas. Taken together, these findings reveal the significant clinical potential for miRNAs to regulate bone homeostasis, as well as to mediate bone-related pathologies.



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