Special Issue "Nutritional Implications of Non-coding RNA for Human Health"

A special issue of Nutrients (ISSN 2072-6643). This special issue belongs to the section "Nutrigenetics and Nutrigenomics".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 15 December 2021.

Special Issue Editors

Prof. Dr. Luca Gallelli
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Guest Editor
Department of Health Sciences, University of Magna Graecia Catanzaro, Italy
Interests: antimicrobial use in urogenital infections; pharmacological treatment of impotence and urogenital diseases; drug treatment in patients in poly-therapy; nutrients
Dr. Erika Cione
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Co-Guest Editor
Department of Pharmacy Health and Nutritional Sciences and Department of Excellence 2018–2020, University of Calabria, Rende, Italy
Interests: GPCRs; vitamins; microRNAs; insulin secretion, antioxidants
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Dear Colleagues,

In the last two decades, interest in the field of non-coding RNAs has increased due to their regulatory role in two-thirds of human transcriptional output. Although several classes of non-coding RNAs can be found in nature, microRNAs take central stage due to their pleiotropic, biochemical, and pharmacological roles and, importantly, their role in human nutrition.

In this Special Issue, we aim to present a collection of papers dealing with the interaction between nutrition and microRNA expression, the presence of dietary non-coding RNAs, and the potential implications of non-coding RNAs for human health, without ruling out polytherapy in the elderly. We also aim to provide an overview of the state-of-the-art in this field and to bring to the attention of readers the issues that will need to be resolved in this field in the near future.

Prof. Dr. Luca Gallelli
Dr. Erika Cione
Guest Editors

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  • nutrition
  • dietary habits
  • non-coding RNAs
  • dietary microRNAs
  • elderly
  • polytherapy

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Expression of Telomeric Repeat–Containing RNA Decreases in Sarcopenia and Increases after Exercise and Nutrition Intervention
Nutrients 2020, 12(12), 3766; https://doi.org/10.3390/nu12123766 - 08 Dec 2020
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Sarcopenia is defined as aging-related loss of muscle mass and function. Telomere length in chromosomes shortens with age and is modulated by telomeric repeat-containing RNA (TERRA). This study aimed to explore the impact of aging and sarcopenia on telomere length and TERRA expression, [...] Read more.
Sarcopenia is defined as aging-related loss of muscle mass and function. Telomere length in chromosomes shortens with age and is modulated by telomeric repeat-containing RNA (TERRA). This study aimed to explore the impact of aging and sarcopenia on telomere length and TERRA expression, and changes following strengthening exercise and nutrition intervention (supplement of branched-chain amino acids, calcium and vitamin D3) for 12 weeks in the sarcopenic population. Older adults (≥65 years old) were divided into non-sarcopenic controls (n = 36) and sarcopenic individuals (n = 36) after measurement of grip strength and body composition. The relative telomere length of leukocytes in all research participants was evaluated using the T/S ratio (telomere/single copy gene), and relative TERRA expression of leukocytes was determined by reverse-transcription qPCR (RT-qPCR). Generalized estimating equation (GEE) was used to analyze the influence of sarcopenia and intervention on the outcomes. There was no significant difference in telomere length between control subjects and participants with sarcopenia. TERRA expression was lower in sarcopenic participants compared to that in non-sarcopenic controls (5.18 ± 2.98 vs. 2.51 ± 1.89; p < 0.001). In the sarcopenic group, intervention significantly increased TERRA expression, but not telomere length. The GEE analysis demonstrated that TERRA expression was negatively associated with sarcopenia (β coefficient = −2.705, p < 0.001) but positively associated with intervention (β coefficient = 1.599, p = 0.023). Sarcopenia is associated with a decrease in TERRA expression in leukocytes. Rebound TERRA expression (returning to the level similar to the non-sarcopenic controls) was observed in the sarcopenic group after exercise and nutrition intervention. Future studies are warranted to examine the potential of TERRA as a biomarker for sarcopenia and its subsequent responses to intervention. Full article
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