Int. J. Mol. Sci. 2013, 14(5), 9487-9496; doi:10.3390/ijms14059487

The Role of microRNA in Gastric Malignancy

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Received: 27 March 2013; in revised form: 19 April 2013 / Accepted: 25 April 2013 / Published: 29 April 2013
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Regulation by non-coding RNAs)
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Abstract: Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori) infection is the main cause of gastritis, gastro-duodenal ulcer, and gastric cancer. MicroRNAs (miRNAs) are small noncoding RNAs that function as endogenous silencers of numerous target genes. Many miRNA genes are expressed in a tissue-specific manner and play important roles in cell proliferation, apoptosis, and differentiation. Recent discoveries have shed new light on the involvement of miRNAs in gastric malignancy. However, at the same time, several miRNAs have been associated with opposing events, leading to reduced inflammation, inhibition of malignancy, and increased apoptosis of transformed cells. The regulation of miRNA expression could be a novel strategy in the chemoprevention of human gastric malignancy. In this article, the biological importance of miRNAs in gastric malignancy is summarized.
Keywords: microRNA; Helicobacter pylori; gastric cancer
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Nishizawa, T.; Suzuki, H. The Role of microRNA in Gastric Malignancy. Int. J. Mol. Sci. 2013, 14, 9487-9496.

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Nishizawa T, Suzuki H. The Role of microRNA in Gastric Malignancy. International Journal of Molecular Sciences. 2013; 14(5):9487-9496.

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Nishizawa, Toshihiro; Suzuki, Hidekazu. 2013. "The Role of microRNA in Gastric Malignancy." Int. J. Mol. Sci. 14, no. 5: 9487-9496.

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