Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications, Vol.386, No.4, 549-553, 2009
Role of specific microRNAs for endothelial function and angiogenesis
Accumulating evidence indicates that various aspects of angiogenesis, such as proliferation, migration, and morphogenesis of endothelial cells, can be regulated by specific miRNAs in an endothelial-specific manner. As novel molecular targets, miRNAs have a potential value for treatment of angiogenesis-associated diseases such as cancers, inflammation, and vascular diseases. In this article, we review the latest advances in the identification and validation of angiogenesis-regulatory miRNAs and their targets, and discuss their roles and mechanisms in regulating endothelial cell function and angiogenesis. (C) 2009 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.