Special Issue "The Importance of Non-coding RNAs in Epithelial Cancers"

A special issue of Non-Coding RNA (ISSN 2311-553X).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 15 September 2021.

Special Issue Editor

Dr. Leandro Castellano
E-Mail Website
Guest Editor
School of Life Sciences, University of Sussex, JMS Building, Brighton BN1 9QG, UK
Interests: microRNAs; lncRNAs; circRNAs; epithelial cancer

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

It is becoming clear that non-coding RNAs (ncRNAs) are not simply bioproducts obtained by random transcriptional activity, but play an essential role in health and disease. In contrast to messenger RNAs (mRNAs), ncRNAs are characterized by the absence of a productive open reading frame; therefore, it is the RNA itself that regulates gene expression at either transcriptional or post-transcriptional levels. Growing experimental evidence shows that various classes of ncRNAs play an important role in epithelial cancer initiation and progression, acting either as tumor suppressors or oncogenes. Aberrant expression of ncRNAs has been linked to all stages of cancer development, from its initiation to tumorigenesis and cancer proliferation as well as invasion and metastasis. Furthermore, it has been shown that these molecules have the potential to be therapeutically targeted and have both prognostic and diagnostic potential. For this Special Issue of Non-Coding RNAs, we cordially invite experts in the field of non-coding RNA and cancer to provide their current vision of the role of ncRNA molecules in epithelial cancer and their possible use as cancer biomarkers.

Dr. Leandro Castellano
Guest Editor

Manuscript Submission Information

Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All papers will be peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.

Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Non-Coding RNA is an international peer-reviewed open access quarterly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 1600 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.


  • non-coding RNAs
  • lncRNAs
  • microRNAs
  • biomarker
  • cancer
  • tumorigenesis
  • epithelial-to-mesenchymal transition (EMT)
  • invasion
  • metastasis

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission, see below for planned papers.

Planned Papers

The below list represents only planned manuscripts. Some of these manuscripts have not been received by the Editorial Office yet. Papers submitted to MDPI journals are subject to peer-review.

Title: To be determined
Authors: Leandro Castellano
Affiliation: School of Life Sciences, University of Sussex, JMS Building, Brighton BN1 9QG, UK

Title: To be determined
Authors: Jonathan Krell
Affiliation: Faculty of Medicine, Department of Surgery, Cancer Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust, London, United Kingdom

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