MicroRNA and cytokines

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Cytokines are involved in the development of cancer and chronic inflammatory lung diseases such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). MicroRNAs can regulate cytokine expression either by directly binding to a target sequence in a cytokine mRNA or by indirectly regulating a cluster of adenine and uridine-rich element binding proteins (ARE-BPs). Alternatively, cytokines, in particular the pro-inflammatory cytokines IL-1ß and TNF-α, can also regulate expression of miRNAs. In this regard, expression of miR-146a is dramatically increased in response to the stimulation of inflammatory cytokines in many cell types including human bronchial epithelial cells (HBECs) and human lung fibroblasts. Aberrant up-regulation of miR-146a in HBECs may provide a link between chronic inflammation and lung cancer or peri-bronchial fibrosis, while down-regulation of miR-146a in lung fibroblasts from COPD may account for deficient repair mediated by lung fibroblasts in emphysema.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)143-151
Number of pages9
JournalMolecular and Cellular Pharmacology
Issue number3
StatePublished - 2011


  • -IL-1beta: Inflammation
  • Micrornas
  • TGF-beta
  • TNF-alpha

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Molecular Biology
  • Pharmaceutical Science


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