Disturbances in gene expression as a result of perturbed transcription or posttranscriptional regulation is one of the main causes of cellular dysfunction that underlies different disease states. Approximately a decade ago, the discovery of microRNAs in mammalian cells has renewed our focus on posttranscriptional regulatory mechanisms during pathogenesis. These tiny posttranscriptional regulators are differentially expressed in almost every disease that has been studied to date and can modulate expression of a gene via specifically binding to its messenger RNA. Because of their capacity to simultaneously target multiple functionally related, genes, they are proving to be potentially powerful therapeutic agents/targets. In this review, we focus on the microRNAs that are differentially regulated in the more common cardiovascular pathologies, their targets, and potential function.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine