Int J Biol Sci 2018; 14(9):1133-1141. doi:10.7150/ijbs.26215


Non-coding RNA-linked epigenetic regulation in cardiac hypertrophy

Yanhan Dong, Sheng Xu, Jing Liu, Murugavel Ponnusamy, Yanfang Zhao, Yanhui Zhang, Qi Wang, Peifeng Li, Kun Wang

1. Institute for Translational Medicine, Qingdao University, Deng Zhou Road 38, Qingdao 266021, China


Cardiac hypertrophy is an adaptive enlargement of myocardium in response to pressure overload caused various pathological insults, which is accompanied by alteration of a complex cascade of signaling pathways. During the hypertrophy process, many changes occur at cellular level including gene reprogramming by turning off chromatin regulators. Studies from the past decade have demonstrated that the abnormal epigenetic modifications, such as DNA methylation, histone modification, and oxidative modification of nucleic acid, could lead to changes in chromosome structure and cardiac dysfunction. Increasing evidence indicates that non-coding RNAs (ncRNAs) have functional significance in modulating the gene expression during those pathological events in the heart. Emerging evidences have highlighted that ncRNAs might serve as a signal for changing the state of chromatin, however, the knowledge about the ncRNA-linked epigenetic regulatory mechanisms in cardiac pathologies is still largely unexplored. In this review, we summarize the current information on association between ncRNAs and epigenetic modifications in cardiac hypertrophy, and we have discussed their crosstalk. In addition, this review provides insights into their therapeutic and diagnostic potential for treating hypertrophic heart disease.

Keywords: Noncoding RNAs, Epigenetics, Cardiac hypertrophy, miRNAs, LncRNAs

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Dong Y, Xu S, Liu J, Ponnusamy M, Zhao Y, Zhang Y, Wang Q, Li P, Wang K. Non-coding RNA-linked epigenetic regulation in cardiac hypertrophy. Int J Biol Sci 2018; 14(9):1133-1141. doi:10.7150/ijbs.26215. Available from