Epigenetic coordination of embryonic heart transcription by dynamically regulated long noncoding RNAs

The role of noncoding RNAs in mammalian biology is of great interest, especially since the Encyclopedia of DNA Elements results More »

The Long Noncoding RNA Expression Profile of Hepatocellular Carcinoma Identified by Microarray Analysis

Thousands of long noncoding RNAs (lncRNAs) have been reported in mammalian genomes. These RNAs represent an important subset of pervasive More »

lnCeDB: Database of Human Long Noncoding RNA Acting as Competing Endogenous RNA

Long noncoding RNA (lncRNA) influences post-transcriptional regulation by interfering with the microRNA (miRNA) pathways, acting as competing endogenous RNA (ceRNA). More »

Long non-coding RNAs: evolution of new epigenetic and post-transcriptional functions

9:00 am on Monday 28 September 2015 — 5:00 pm on Tuesday 29 September 2015 at The Royal Society at More »

Featured long non-coding RNA – meiRNA

Long non-coding RNAs (lncRNAs) play key roles in the formation of nuclear bodies. In the fission yeast Schizosaccharomyces pombe, a More »

 

Review Paper

LncRNA: A link between RNA and cancer

Unraveling the gene expression networks governing cancer initiation and development is essential while remains largely uncompleted. With the innovations in RNA-seq technologies and computational biology, long noncoding RNAs (lncRNAs) are being identified and characterized at a rapid pace. Recent findings reveal that lncRNAs are implicated in serial steps of cancer development. These lncRNAs interact with DNA, RNA, protein molecules and/or their combinations, acting as an essential regulator in chromatin organization, transcriptional and post-transcriptional regulation. Their misexpression confers the cancer cell capacities for tumor initiation, growth, and metastasis. The review here will emphasize their aberrant expression and function in cancer, and the roles in cancer diagnosis and therapy will be also discussed.

lncRNA

  • Yanga G, Lub X, Yuanc L. (2014) LncRNA: A link between RNA and cancer. Biochimica et Biophysica Acta (BBA) – Gene Regulatory Mechanisms [Epub ahead of print]. [abstract]

Long non-coding RNAs in cancer invasion and metastasis

Recent large-scale transcriptome analyses have revealed that the human genome contains more than just protein-coding genes. Indeed, a large number of transcripts, including long non-coding RNAs (lncRNAs), lack protein-coding capacity, and increasing evidence suggests that lncRNAs could have a critical role in the regulation of diverse cellular processes, such as stem cell pluripotency, development, cell growth and apoptosis, and cancer invasion and/or metastasis. Furthermore, the aberrant expression of several lncRNAs is closely linked to cancer invasion and/or metastasis. Although the underlying molecular mechanisms by which lncRNAs regulate cancer invasion and/or metastasis are not clearly understood, recent studies have revealed that aberrant lncRNAs expression affects the progression of cancer. In this review, we highlight recent findings regarding the roles of lncRNAs in cancer invasion and/or metastasis.

lncRNA

  • Shen XH, Qi P, Du X. (2014) Long non-coding RNAs in cancer invasion and metastasis. Mod Pathol [Epub ahead of print]. [abstract]

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Long Noncoding RNAs in Imprinting and X Chromosome Inactivation

The field of long noncoding RNA (lncRNA) research has been rapidly advancing in recent years. Technological advancements and deep-sequencing of the transcriptome have facilitated the identification of numerous new lncRNAs, many with unusual properties, however, the function of most of these molecules is still largely unknown. Some evidence suggests that several of these lncRNAs may regulate their own transcription in cis, and that of nearby genes, by recruiting remodeling factors to local chromatin. Notably, lncRNAs are known to exist at many imprinted gene clusters. Genomic imprinting is a complex and highly regulated process resulting in the monoallelic silencing of certain genes, based on the parent-of-origin of the allele. It is thought that lncRNAs may regulate many imprinted loci, however, the mechanism by which they exert such influence is poorly understood. This review will discuss what is known about the lncRNAs of major imprinted loci, and the roles they play in the regulation of imprinting.

lncRNA

  • Autuoro JM, Pirnie SP, Carmichael GG. (2014) Long Noncoding RNAs in Imprinting and X Chromosome Inactivation. Biomolecules 4(1):76-100. [article]

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Long noncoding RNAs and prostate carcinogenesis: the missing ‘linc’?

Long noncoding RNAs (lncRNAs) are rapidly becoming essential pieces in the cancer puzzle. Our understanding of their functional capabilities is in its infancy. One certain fact, however, is that their molecular interactions extend beyond chromatin complexes into diverse biological processes. In prostate cancer, aberrant expression of lncRNAs is associated with disease progression. Overexpression of oncogenic lncRNAs promotes tumor-cell proliferation and metastasis through chromatin looping and distal engagement with the androgen receptor, antisense gene regulation, alternative splicing, and impeding DNA repair. Several lncRNAs, such as prostate cancer antigen 3 (PCA3), prostate cancer gene expression marker 1 (PCGEM1), and prostate cancer associated ncRNA transcript 1 (PCAT1), are highly prostate-specific, posing as attractive biomarkers.

lncRNA

  • Walsh AL, Tuzova AV, Bolton EM, Lynch TH, Perry AS. (2014) Long noncoding RNAs and prostate carcinogenesis: the missing ‘linc’? Trends Mol Med [Epub ahead of print]. [abstract]

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RNA regulatory networks in animals and plants: a long noncoding RNA perspective

A recent highlight of genomics research has been the discovery of many families of transcripts which have function but do not code for proteins. An important group is long noncoding RNAs (lncRNAs), which are typically longer than 200 nt, and whose members originate from thousands of loci across genomes. The authors review progress in understanding the biogenesis and regulatory mechanisms of lncRNAs. They describe diverse computational and high throughput technologies for identifying and studying lncRNAs. They discuss the current knowledge of functional elements embedded in lncRNAs as well as insights into the lncRNA-based regulatory network in animals. The authors also describe genome-wide studies of large amount of lncRNAs in plants, as well as knowledge of selected plant lncRNAs with a focus on biotic/abiotic stress-responsive lncRNAs.

lncRNA

  • Bai Y, Dai X, Harrison AP, Chen M. (2014) RNA regulatory networks in animals and plants: a long noncoding RNA perspective. Brief Funct Genomics [Epub ahead of print]. [abstract]

 

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