Review Paper

LncRNAs – macromolecules with big roles in neurobiology and neurological diseases

Long noncoding RNAs (lncRNAs) are recently defined as thousands of RNA molecules longer than 200 nucleotides and lacking an appreciable open reading frame in mammals. Although lncRNAs lack protein-coding function, they play critical roles in the regulation of almost all the protein-coding genes in a cell at various stages including chromatin modification, transcription and post-transcriptional processing. It is thus not ...

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Immunobiology of Long Noncoding RNAs

lncRNAs

The discovery of long noncoding RNAs (lncRNA) has provided a new perspective on gene regulation in diverse biological contexts. lncRNAs are remarkably versatile molecules that interact with RNA, DNA, or proteins to promote or restrain the expression of protein-coding genes. Activation of immune cells is associated with dynamic changes in expression of genes, the products of which combat infectious microorganisms, ...

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Long Noncoding RNAs in Pathological Cardiac Remodeling

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DNA makes RNA, RNA makes protein, and protein makes us. This central dogma of life provides a simple description how an organism develops: DNA serves as a blueprint of the genetic information, and proteins are its functional and structural manifestation, whereas RNA mediates this process as a plotted construction plan. However, the relation between the genetic code and its biological ...

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LncRNAs and miRNAs – potential biomarkers and therapeutic targets for prostate cancer

Prostate cancer (PCa) is the second lethal disease for men in western countries. Although androgen receptor (AR) signaling has been widely investigated, noncoding RNAs (ncRNAs), deficient of open reading frame, have also received considerable attention. Growing studies showed that the aberrant ncRNAs expression contributed to cell proliferation, metastasis and drug resistance in PCa. Therefore, therapeutically targeting ncRNAs may synergize androgen ...

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Comparing Machine Learning Based Tools for Long Noncoding Transcripts Discrimination

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Long noncoding RNA (lncRNA) is a kind of noncoding RNA with length more than 200 nucleotides, which aroused interest of people in recent years. Lots of studies have confirmed that human genome contains many thousands of lncRNAs which exert great influence over some critical regulators of cellular process. With the advent of high-throughput sequencing technologies, a great quantity of sequences ...

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Functions of long intergenic non-coding (linc) RNAs in plants

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Whole transcriptome analyses in many organisms have revealed that most transcribed RNAs do not encode proteins. These non-coding RNAs likely contribute to the regulation of gene expression during the development of multicellular organisms. In eukaryotes, the roles of small RNAs, one class of non-coding RNAs, in transcriptional and post-transcriptional regulation have been well characterized. However, the functions of a second ...

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LncRNA – a versatile regulator of the NF-κB signaling circuit

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The Nuclear Factor-κB (NF-κB) family of transcription factors play an essential role for the regulation of inflammatory responses, immune function and malignant transformation. Aberrant activity of this signaling pathway may lead to inflammation, autoimmune diseases and oncogenesis. Over the last two decades great progress has been made in the understanding of NF-κB activation and how the response is counteracted for ...

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Potential of Long Non-coding RNAs in Cancer Patients: From Bio-markers to Therapeutic Targets

lncRNA

Because of high specificity and easy detection in the tissues, serum, plasma, urine and saliva, interest in exploring the potential of long non-coding RNAs (lncRNAs) in cancer patients continues to increase. LncRNAs have shown potential as a bio-marker in the diagnosis and prognosis of bladder cancer, prostate cancer, gastric cancer, pancreatic cancer, breast cancer, and many other cancer types. Some ...

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Long Noncoding RNAs in Metabolic Syndrome Related Disorders

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Ribonucleic acids (RNAs) are very complex and their all functions have yet to be fully clarified. Noncoding genes (noncoding RNA, sequences, and pseudogenes) comprise 67% of all genes and they are represented by housekeeping noncoding RNAs (transfer RNA (tRNA), ribosomal RNA (rRNA), small nuclear RNA (snRNA), and small nucleolar RNA (snoRNA)) that are engaged in basic cellular processes and by ...

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Biogenesis and Transcriptional Regulation of Long Noncoding RNAs in the Human Immune System

lncRNA

The central dogma of molecular biology states that DNA makes RNA makes protein. Discoveries over the last quarter of a century found that the process of DNA transcription into RNA gives rise to a diverse array of functional RNA species, including genes that code for protein and noncoding RNAs. For decades, the focus has been on understanding how protein-coding genes ...

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