Jin Hao and Sen Zhao contributed equally to this work.
Emerging Role of MicroRNAs in Cancer and Cancer Stem Cells
Article first published online: 23 JAN 2014
© 2013 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.
Journal of Cellular Biochemistry
Volume 115, Issue 4, pages 605–610, April 2014
How to Cite
Hao, J., Zhao, S., Zhang, Y., Zhao, Z., Ye, R., Wen, J. and Li, J. (2014), Emerging Role of MicroRNAs in Cancer and Cancer Stem Cells. J. Cell. Biochem., 115: 605–610. doi: 10.1002/jcb.24702
The authors declare no conflict of interest.
- Issue published online: 23 JAN 2014
- Article first published online: 23 JAN 2014
- Accepted manuscript online: 26 OCT 2013 01:26AM EST
- Manuscript Accepted: 21 OCT 2013
- Manuscript Received: 26 SEP 2013
- National Natural Science Foundation of China. Grant Numbers: 30900286, 31370992, 81030034
- Science and Technology Fund of Sichuan Province. Grant Number: 2011SZ0096
- CANCER STEM CELLS;
- CANCER THERAPY
Cancer stem cells (CSCs), or cancer cells with stem cell properties, represent a small fraction of tumor bulk and are thought to be responsible for tumor formation and metastasis. However, the mechanisms of how CSCs are generated and regulated at the molecular level are poorly understood. Recent progress has highlighted the significance of microRNAs (miRNAs) in cancer progression and CSC function. The function and dysfunction of miRNAs in the development of cancer and CSCs have become a burgeoning area of intense research. A new finding has elucidated a mechanism of antagonistic miRNA crosstalk whereby one miRNA can inhibit another miRNA in regulating CSCs. Herein we make this short review to summarize the current understanding of the regulatory mechanisms of miRNAs in cancer and CSCs and discuss the implications of targeting CSCs for cancer therapeutics. J. Cell. Biochem. 115: 605–610, 2014. © 2013 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.