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      An overview of microRNAs: Biology, functions, therapeutics, and analysis methods : SALIMINEJAD et al.

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          <p class="first" id="d9035738e83">MicroRNAs (miRNAs) are a class of small noncoding RNAs, which function in posttranscriptional regulation of gene expression. They are powerful regulators of various cellular activities including cell growth, differentiation, development, and apoptosis. They have been linked to many diseases, and currently miRNA-mediated clinical trial has shown promising results for treatment of cancer and viral infection. This review provides an overview and update on miRNAs biogenesis, regulation of miRNAs expression, their biological functions, and role of miRNAs in epigenetics and cell-cell communication. In addition, alteration of miRNAs following exercise, their association with diseases, and therapeutic potential will be explained. Finally, miRNA bioinformatics tools and conventional methods for miRNA detection and quantification will be discussed. </p>

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              DIANA-TarBase v8: a decade-long collection of experimentally supported miRNA–gene interactions

              Abstract DIANA-TarBase v8 (http://www.microrna.gr/tarbase) is a reference database devoted to the indexing of experimentally supported microRNA (miRNA) targets. Its eighth version is the first database indexing >1 million entries, corresponding to ∼670 000 unique miRNA-target pairs. The interactions are supported by >33 experimental methodologies, applied to ∼600 cell types/tissues under ∼451 experimental conditions. It integrates information on cell-type specific miRNA–gene regulation, while hundreds of thousands of miRNA-binding locations are reported. TarBase is coming of age, with more than a decade of continuous support in the non-coding RNA field. A new module has been implemented that enables the browsing of interactions through different filtering combinations. It permits easy retrieval of positive and negative miRNA targets per species, methodology, cell type and tissue. An incorporated ranking system is utilized for the display of interactions based on the robustness of their supporting methodologies. Statistics, pie-charts and interactive bar-plots depicting the database content are available through a dedicated result page. An intuitive interface is introduced, providing a user-friendly application with flexible options to different queries.

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                Journal of Cellular Physiology
                J Cell Physiol
                May 2019
                May 2019
                November 23 2018
                : 234
                : 5
                : 5451-5465
                [1 ]Hematology, Oncology and Stem Cell Transplantation Research Center; Shariati Hospital, Tehran University of Medical Sciences; Tehran Iran
                [2 ]Genetics Research Center; University of Social Welfare and Rehabilitation Sciences; Tehran Iran
                © 2018





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