MicroRNA regulation of natural killer cell development and function in leukemia

Jennifer N. Saultz, Aharon G. Freud, Bethany L. Mundy-Bosse

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MicroRNAs (miRNAs) are now recognized as important regulators of all cellular processes, including immune function and cancer survival. These evolutionary preserved, single-stranded, non-coding RNA molecules mediate important functional effects primarily through post-transcriptional regulation of protein expression. MiRNAs are known to mediate multiple oncogenic pathways in tumor cells, both tumor promoting and tumor suppressing. In addition to a direct tumor cell effect, miRNAs have also been shown to play a critical role in immune cell development, function and survival. Here we expand on previous reports to evaluate miRNA regulation in natural killer (NK) cells primarily in humans and focus on their influence on NK cell development and function in the setting of hematologic malignancies. In addition, we highlight the most recent miRNA discoveries in hematologic malignancies and discuss areas of future exploration relevant to the translational field of innate immunology and miRNA-based therapeutic intervention.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)12-20
Number of pages9
JournalMolecular Immunology
StatePublished - Nov 2019
Externally publishedYes


  • Leukemia
  • Natural killer
  • miRNA

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Immunology
  • Molecular Biology


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