MicroRNAs in cell proliferation, cell death, and tumorigenesis

H. W. Hwang, J. T. Mendell

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MicroRNAs (miRNAs) are a recently discovered class of ∼ 18-24 nucleotide RNA molecules that negatively regulate target mRNAs. All studied multicellular eukaryotes utilise miRNAs to regulate basic cellular functions including proliferation, differentiation, and death. It is now apparent that abnormal miRNA expression is a common feature of human malignancies. In this review, we will discuss how miRNAs influence tumorigenesis by acting as oncogenes and tumour suppressors.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)776-780
Number of pages5
JournalBritish journal of cancer
Issue number6
StatePublished - Mar 27 2006


  • Apoptosis
  • Cellular proliferation
  • MicroRNAs
  • Oncogene
  • Tumour suppressor

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oncology
  • Cancer Research


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