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Neurol Res. 2017 May 27:1-9. doi: 10.1080/01616412.2017.1327505. [Epub ahead of print]

The role of microRNA in neuronal inflammation and survival in the post ischemic brain: a review.

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a Department of Neurosurgery , Wayne State University School of Medicine , Detroit , MI , USA.


Each year, more than 790 000 people in the United States suffer from a stroke. Although progress has been made in diagnosis and treatment of ischemic stroke (IS), new therapeutic interventions to protect the brain during an ischemic insult is highly needed. MicroRNAs (miRNAs) are small, non-coding RNAs that regulate gene expression post-transcriptionally. Growing evidence suggests that miRNAs have a profound impact on ischemic stroke progression and are potential targets of novel treatments. Notably, inflammatory pathways play an important role in the pathogenesis of ischemic stroke and its pathophysiologic progression. Experimental and clinical studies have illustrated that inflammatory molecular events collaboratively contribute to neuronal and glial cell survival, edema formation and regression, and vascular integrity. In the present review, we examine recent discoveries regarding miRNAs and their roles in post-ischemic stroke neuropathogenesis.


MicroRNA; Stroke; miR-124; miR-126; miR-146a; miR-17-5p; miR-181a; miR-200b; miR-27b; miR-320a; miR-424; miR-497; miR-9; neuroinflammation; neuronal survival

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