MicroRNAs and Chinese Medicinal Herbs: New Possibilities in Cancer Therapy
AbstractIn recent decades Chinese medicine has been used worldwide as a complementary and alternative medicine to treat cancer. Plenty of studies have shown that microRNAs (miRNAs) play fundamental roles in many pathological processes, including cancer, while the anti-cancer mechanisms of Chinese medicinal herbs targeting miRNAs also have been extensively explored. Our previous studies and those of others on Chinese medicinal herbs and miRNAs in various cancer models have provided a possibility of new cancer therapies, for example, up-regulating the expression of miR-23a may activate the positive regulatory network of p53 and miR-23a involved in the mechanism underlying the anti-tumor effect of berberine in hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). In this review, we survey the role of Chinese medicinal herbal products in regulating miRNAs in cancer and the use of mediating miRNAs for cancer treatment. In addition, the controversial roles of herb-derived exogenous miRNAs in cancer treatment are also discussed. It is expected that targeting miRNAs would provide a novel therapeutic approach in cancer therapy by improving overall response and survival outcomes in cancer treatment, especially when combined with conventional therapeutics and Chinese medicinal herbal products. View Full-Text
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Hong, M.; Wang, N.; Tan, H.Y.; Tsao, S.-W.; Feng, Y. MicroRNAs and Chinese Medicinal Herbs: New Possibilities in Cancer Therapy. Cancers 2015, 7, 1643-1657.
Hong M, Wang N, Tan HY, Tsao S-W, Feng Y. MicroRNAs and Chinese Medicinal Herbs: New Possibilities in Cancer Therapy. Cancers. 2015; 7(3):1643-1657.Chicago/Turabian Style
Hong, Ming; Wang, Ning; Tan, Hor Y.; Tsao, Sai-Wah; Feng, Yibin. 2015. "MicroRNAs and Chinese Medicinal Herbs: New Possibilities in Cancer Therapy." Cancers 7, no. 3: 1643-1657.