Non-coding RNAs in stroke and neuroprotection

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This review will focus on the current state of knowledge regarding non-coding RNAs (ncRNA) in stroke and neuroprotection. There will be a brief introduction to microRNAs (miRNA), long ncRNAs (lncRNA), and piwi-interacting RNAs (piRNA), followed by evidence for the regulation of ncRNAs in ischemia. This review will also discuss the effect of neuroprotection induced by a sublethal duration of ischemia or other stimuli given before a stroke (preconditioning) on miRNA expression and the role of miRNAs in preconditioning-induced neuroprotection. Experimental manipulation of miRNAs and/or their targets to induce pre- or post-stroke protection will also be presented, as well as discussion on miRNA responses to current post-stroke therapies. This review will conclude with a brief discussion of future directions for ncRNAs studies in stroke, such as new approaches to model complex ncRNA datasets, challenges in ncRNA studies, and the impact of extracellular RNAs on human diseases such as stroke.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number050
JournalFrontiers in Neurology
Issue numberMAR
StatePublished - 2015


  • Cerebral ischemia
  • MicroRNA
  • Neuroprotection
  • Non-coding RNA
  • Preconditioning

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neurology
  • Clinical Neurology


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