Long noncoding RNA

Long non-coding RNAs (long ncRNAs, lncRNA) are non-protein coding transcripts longer than 200 nucleotides.

These RNAs can specifically regulate gene expression at both the transcriptional and the post-transcriptional levels, and increasing evidence indicates that they play vital roles in a variety of disease-related cellular processes

This somewhat arbitrary limit distinguishes long ncRNAs from small regulatory RNAs such as microRNAs (miRNAs), short interfering RNAs (siRNAs), Piwi-interacting RNAs (piRNAs), small nucleolar RNAs (snoRNAs), and other short RNAs.

Increasing evidence has revealed that lncRNAs will emerge as promising cancer biomarkers or therapeutic targets in cancer treatment. LncRNA-ATB, a long noncoding RNA activated by TGF-β, was found to be abnormally expressed in certain cancers and participate in the development and progression of tumors. In addition, aberrant lncRNA-ATB expression was also associated with the clinical characteristics of tumors. The purpose of this review is to summarize functions and underlying mechanisms of lncRNA-ATB in tumors and discuss whether lncRNA-ATB can be a biomarker and therapeutic target in cancers 1).

Genome-wide transcriptional studies have demonstrated that tens of thousands of lncRNA genes are expressed in the CNS and that they exhibit tissue- and cell-type specificity. Their regulated and dynamic expression, and their co-expression with protein-coding gene neighbours, have led to the study of the functions of lncRNAs in CNS development and disorders.

In a review, Cuevas-Diaz Duran et al., from the Vivian L. Smith Department of Neurosurgery, Center for Stem Cell and Regenerative Medicine, UT Brown Foundation Institute of Molecular Medicine, Houston, Tecnologico de Monterrey, describe the general characteristics, localization, and classification of lncRNAs. They also elucidate examples of the molecular mechanisms of nuclear and cytoplasmic lncRNA actions in the CNS and discuss common experimental approaches used to identify and unveil the functions of lncRNAs. Additionally, they provide examples of lncRNA studies of cell differentiation and CNS disorders including CNS injuries and neurodegenerative diseases. Finally, they review novel lncRNA-based therapies. Overall, this review highlights the important biological roles of lncRNAs in CNS functions and disorders 2).

see Long noncoding RNA in glioma.

see Long noncoding RNA in meningioma.

see Circular RNAs (circRNAs) are highly stable, circularized long noncoding RNAs.

see also Long noncoding RNA MALAT1.

Long non-coding RNAs (lncRNAs) have received increased research interest owing to their participation via distinct mechanisms in the biological processes of clinically nonfunctioning pituitary adenomas. However, changes in the expression of lncRNAs in gonadotrophin adenoma, which is the most common nonfunctional pituitary adenomas, have not yet been reported. In this study, we performed a genome-wide analysis of lncRNAs and mRNAs obtained from gonadotrophin adenoma patients' samples and normal pituitary tissues using RNA-seq. The differentially expressed lncRNAs and mRNAs were identified using fold-change filtering. We identified 839 lncRNAs and 1015 mRNAs as differentially expressed. Gene Ontology analysis indicated that the biological functions of differentially expressed mRNAs were related to transcription regulator activity and basic metabolic processes. Ingenuity Pathway Analysis was performed to identify 64 canonical pathways that were significantly enriched in the tumor samples. Furthermore, to investigate the potential regulatory roles of the differentially expressed lncRNAs on the mRNAs, we constructed general co-expression networks for 100 coding and 577 non-coding genes that showed significantly correlated expression patterns in tumor cohort. In particular, we built a special sub-network of co-expression involving 186 lncRNAs interacting with 15 key coding genes of the mTOR pathway, which might promote the pathogenesis of gonadotrophin tumor. This is the first study to explore the patterns of genome-wide lncRNAs expression and co-expression with mRNAs, which might contribute to the molecular pathogenesis of gonadotrophin adenoma 3).

Tang F, Xu Y, Wang H, Bian E, Zhao B. LncRNA-ATB in cancers: what do we know so far? Mol Biol Rep. 2020 Apr 4. doi: 10.1007/s11033-020-05415-5. [Epub ahead of print] Review. PubMed PMID: 32248383.
Cuevas-Diaz Duran R, Wei H, Kim DH, Wu JQ. Long non-coding RNAs: important regulators in the development, function, and disorders of the central nervous system. Neuropathol Appl Neurobiol. 2019 Jan 13. doi: 10.1111/nan.12541. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 30636336.
Li J, Li C, Wang J, Song G, Zhao Z, Wang H, Wang W, Li H, Li Z, Miao Y, Li G, Zhang Y. Genome-wide analysis of differentially expressed lncRNAs and mRNAs in primary gonadotrophin adenomas by RNA-seq. Oncotarget. 2016 Dec 15. doi: 10.18632/oncotarget.13948. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 27992366.
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