The role of microRNA in degeneration of the intervertebral disc

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MicroRNAs (miRNAs) are a class of small noncoding RNA molecules that negatively regulate gene expression at posttranscriptional levels. MiRNAs regulate many normal physiological processes, and also play an important role in the development of most disorders. The expression levels of miRNAs are characterized by endogenous properties and tissue specificity. These characteristics increase the likelihood that miRNAs can serve as useful clinical biomarkers in the diagnosis of certain diseases. Chronic lower back pain is usually associated with degeneration of the intervertebral disc (IDD), which is closely associated with apoptosis, impaired extracellular matrix, cell proliferation, and an inflammatory response. This process is characterized by a cascade of molecular, cellular, biochemical, and structural changes. Currently, there is no clinical therapy that shows the pathophysiology of disk degeneration. The presence of unregulated expression of miRNA in patients with degenerative disk disease indicates a vital role of miRNAs in the pathogenesis of IDD. It becomes apparent that epigenetic processes affect the evolution of IDD as much as the genetic background. Deregulated phenotypes of pulp nucleus cells, including differentiation, migration, proliferation, and apoptosis, are involved in all stages of the progression of human IDD. In this review, we will focus on the role and therapeutic value of miRNAs in IDD.



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Ozal Arzuman Beylerli

Bashkir State Medical University

Author for correspondence.
ORCID iD: 0000-0002-6149-5460

Russian Federation, Rep. Bashkortostan, Ufa

MD, postgraduate student of the Department of Urology with the course IPDE

Ilgiz F. Gareev

Bashkir State Medical University

ORCID iD: 0000-0002-4965-0835

Russian Federation, Rep. Bashkortostan, Ufa

MD, postgraduate student of the Department of Neurosurgery and Medical Rehabilitation with Courses IPDE

Valentin N. Pavlov

Bashkir State Medical University

ORCID iD: 0000-0003-2125-4897

Russian Federation, Rep. Bashkortostan, Ufa

MD, PhD, Corresponding Member of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Rector, Head of the Department of Urology with the Course IPDE


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