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Fertil Steril. 2014 Jun;101(6):1514-5. doi: 10.1016/j.fertnstert.2014.04.030.

Introduction: MicroRNAs in human reproduction: small molecules with crucial regulatory roles.

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  • 1IVF Unit and The Magda and Richard Hoffman Center for Human Placenta Research, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Hadassah-Hebrew University Medical Center, Mount Scopus, Jerusalem, Israel. Electronic address:
  • 2Division of Reproductive Medicine, Instituto Valeciano de Infertilidad, Barcelona, Spain.
  • 3Instituto Valenciano de Infertilidad and Instituto Universitario IVI, Valencia University, Valencia, Spain; Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Valencia University school of Medicine, Valencia, Spain.
  • 4Reproductive Medicine, Hadassah-Hebrew University Medical Center, Jerusalem, Israel.


MicroRNAs constitute a large family of approximately 21-nucleotide-long, noncoding RNAs. They emerged more than 20 years ago as key posttranscriptional regulators of gene expression. The regulatory role of these small RNA molecules has recently begun to be explored in the human reproductive system. In this issue's Views and Reviews, the authors present the current knowledge regarding the involvement of microRNAs in several aspects of human reproduction and discuss its future implications for clinical practice.

Copyright © 2014 American Society for Reproductive Medicine. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.


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