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Renin-angiotensin system microRNAs: special focus on the brain

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Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationRenin-angiotensin system
Subtitle of host publicationpast, present and future
Place of PublicationCroatia
Publisher or commissioning bodyInTech
ISBN (Print)9789535150190
DateSubmitted - 1 Nov 2016
DateAccepted/In press - 2017
DatePublished (current) - 12 Jul 2017


MicroRNAs (miRNAs) are post-transcriptional regulators of gene expression with important roles in cancer, cardiovascular and neurological disorders. Present in the brain, they play numerous regulatory roles shaping the proteome in an orchestrated manner with other non-coding RNAs.
An independent brain-specific renin-angiotensin system (RAS) exists that is subject to miRNA remodelling. The brain RAS regulates cerebral blood flow, electrolytic balance and is involved in neurotransmitter signalling and cognitive processes. Circulating microRNAs allow interaction between systemic and local RAS in the heart and the brain. Their screening and manipulation may be valuable towards understanding pathophysiology and development of treatments for various systemic and central nervous system diseases.

    Research areas

  • Non-coding RNAs, MicroRNAs, Brain renin-angiotensin system, Cerebrovascular disease, Circulating microRNAs, Biomarkers

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