MicroRNA-mediated control in the skin

R. Yi*, E. Fuchs

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

Skin, the biggest organ in mammals, protects the body from environmental hazards and prevents dehydration. Embryonic skin morphogenesis and homeostasis of adult skin require an accurately controlled gene expression in a spatiotemporally specific manner. Recently, the identification of microRNAs (miRNAs) in skin has added a new dimension in the regulatory network and attracted significant interest in this novel layer of gene regulation. Mammalian skin with its easy accessibility, well-defined lineages and established genetic tools offers an ideal system to unravel the functions of miRNAs in mammalian development and stem cells. In the past few years, significant progress has been made in determining the expression patterns of miRNAs, exploring their functions in skin morphogenesis and differentiation, as well as probing their functions in human skin diseases, for example, skin cancer. In this review, we summarized current progress in the study of miRNA in mammalian skin, provided insights gained from recent studies and offered our views for remaining challenges.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)229-235
Number of pages7
JournalCell Death and Differentiation
Volume17
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 2010
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • DGCR8
  • Dicer
  • Mammalian skin
  • MicroRNAs
  • MiR-203

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Molecular Biology
  • Cell Biology

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