Micro-economics of apoptosis in cancer: NcRNAs modulation of BCL-2 family members

Lidia Villanova, Silvia Careccia, Ruggero De Maria Marchiano*, Micol E. Fiori, Micol Eleonora Fiori

*Autore corrispondente per questo lavoro

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In the last few years, non-coding RNAs (ncRNAs) have been a hot topic in cancer research. Many ncRNAs were found to regulate the apoptotic process and to play a role in tumor cell resistance to treatment. The apoptotic program is on the frontline as self-defense from cancer onset, and evasion of apoptosis has been classified as one of the hallmarks of cancer responsible for therapy failure. The B-cell lymphoma 2 (BCL-2) family members are key players in the regulation of apoptosis and mediate the activation of the mitochondrial death machinery in response to radiation, chemotherapeutic agents and many targeted therapeutics. The balance between the pro-survival and the pro-apoptotic BCL-2 proteins is strictly controlled by ncRNAs. Here, we highlight the most common mechanisms exerted by microRNAs, long non-coding RNAs and circular RNAs on the main mediators of the intrinsic apoptotic cascade with particular focus on their significance in cancer biology.
Lingua originaleEnglish
pagine (da-a)N/A-N/A
RivistaInternational Journal of Molecular Sciences
Stato di pubblicazionePubblicato - 2018


  • Apoptosis
  • BCL-2 family
  • Cancer
  • Catalysis
  • Computer Science Applications1707 Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition
  • Inorganic Chemistry
  • Long non-coding RNAs
  • MicroRNAs
  • Molecular Biology
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Spectroscopy
  • Therapy resistance


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