Author(s): Heusschen R, van Gink M, Griffioen AW, Thijssen VL
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Abstract Tumor angiogenesis facilitates tumor metastasis and allows malignant tissues to grow beyond a diffusion limited size. It is a complex process that requires endothelial cells to execute specific steps during different phases. miRNAs are small non-coding RNAs that act as molecular switches to redirect the expression profile of a cell. Evidence is emerging that miRNAs are important players in endothelial cell biology and tumor angiogenesis. In this review we summarize the available data of miRNA expression in the endothelium. In addition, we describe the current knowledge regarding the function of miRNAs in endothelial cell biology. Finally, we discuss the potential applications of miRNA based treatment strategies in angiostatic cancer therapy. Copyright (c) 2009 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.
This article was published in Biochim Biophys Acta
and referenced in Journal of Carcinogenesis & Mutagenesis