MicroRNAs in age-related diseases

Created on Jan. 27, 2013, 1:42 a.m. by nschaum & updated by nschaum on May 2, 2013, 5:37 p.m.

Aging is a complex process that is linked to an increased incidence of major diseases such as cardiovascular and neurodegenerative disease, but also cancer and immune disorders. MicroRNAs (miRNAs) are small non-coding RNAs, which posttranscriptionally control gene expression by inhibiting translation or inducing degradation of targeted mRNAs. MiRNAs target up to hundreds of mRNAs, thereby modulating gene expression patterns. Many miRNAs appear to be dysregulated during cellular senescence, aging and disease. However, only few miRNAs have been so far linked to age-related changes in cellular and organ functions. The present article will discuss these findings, specifically focusing on the cardiovascular and neurological systems.

Tags: aging, age-related disease, neurodegeneration, vascular, senescence, miRNA

URL: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23339066

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