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Cell Signal. 2014 Sep;26(9):1888-96. doi: 10.1016/j.cellsig.2014.05.006. Epub 2014 May 15.

MicroRNAs: emerging roles in adipogenesis and obesity.

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1
Key Laboratory of Swine Genetics and Breeding of Agricultural Ministry, College of Animal Science and Technology, Huazhong Agricultural University, Wuhan, People's Republic of China; Key Laboratory of Agricultural Animal Genetics, Breeding and Reproduction of Ministry of Education, College of Animal Science and Technology, Huazhong Agricultural University, Wuhan, People's Republic of China.
2
Department of Animal Nutrition and Feed Science, College of Animal Science and Technology, Huazhong Agricultural University, Wuhan, People's Republic of China. Electronic address: pengjianhzau@163.com.
3
Key Laboratory of Swine Genetics and Breeding of Agricultural Ministry, College of Animal Science and Technology, Huazhong Agricultural University, Wuhan, People's Republic of China; Key Laboratory of Agricultural Animal Genetics, Breeding and Reproduction of Ministry of Education, College of Animal Science and Technology, Huazhong Agricultural University, Wuhan, People's Republic of China. Electronic address: jiangsiwen@mail.hzau.edu.cn.

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  • Cell Signal. 2015 Apr;27(4):887.

Abstract

Obesity is a serious health problem worldwide associated with an increased risk of life-threatening diseases such as type 2 diabetes, atherosclerosis, and certain types of cancer. Understanding the molecular basis of adipogenesis and fat cell development in obesity is essential to identify new biomarkers and therapeutic targets for the development of anti-obesity drugs. Recent computational and experimental studies have shown that microRNAs (miRNAs) appear to play regulatory roles in many biological processes associated with obesity, including adipocyte differentiation and lipid metabolism. In addition, many miRNAs are dysregulated in metabolic tissues from obese animals and humans, which potentially contributes to the pathogenesis of obesity-associated complications. The discovery of circulating miRNAs has highlighted their potential as both endocrine signaling molecules and disease markers. The potential of miRNA based therapeutics targeting obesity is highlighted as well as recommendations for future research which could lead to a breakthrough in the treatment of obesity.

KEYWORDS:

Adipocyte differentiation; Adipogenesis; Lipid metabolism; Obesity; Therapeutic; microRNA

PMID:
24844591
DOI:
10.1016/j.cellsig.2014.05.006
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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