Noncoding RNAs in the Vascular System Response to Oxidative Stress

Paola Fuschi, Biagina Maimone, Carlo Gaetano, Fabio Martelli

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Significance: Redox homeostasis plays a pivotal role in vascular cell function and its imbalance has a causal role in a variety of vascular diseases. Accordingly, the response of mammalian cells to redox cues requires precise transcriptional and post-transcriptional modulation of gene expression patterns. Recent Advances: Mounting evidence shows that nonprotein-coding RNAs (ncRNAs) are important for the functional regulation of most, if not all, cellular processes and tissues. Not surprisingly, a prominent role of ncRNAs has been identified also in the vascular system response to oxidative stress. Critical Issues: The highly heterogeneous family of ncRNAs has been divided into several groups. In this article we focus on two classes of regulatory ncRNAs: microRNAs and long ncRNAs (lncRNAs). Although knowledge in many circumstances, and especially for lncRNAs, is still fragmentary, ncRNAs are clinically interesting because of their diagnostic and therapeutic potential. We outline ncRNAs that are regulated by oxidative stress as well as ncRNAs that modulate reactive oxygen species production and scavenging. More importantly, we describe the role of these ncRNAs in vascular physiopathology and specifically in disease conditions wherein oxidative stress plays a crucial role, such as hypoxia and ischemia, ischemia reperfusion, inflammation, diabetes mellitus, and atherosclerosis. Future Directions: The therapeutic potential of ncRNAs in vascular diseases and in redox homeostasis is discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)992-1010
Number of pages19
JournalAntioxidants and Redox Signaling
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 2019


  • circular RNAs
  • long noncoding RNAs
  • microRNAs
  • oxidative stress
  • reactive oxygen species
  • vascular system

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry
  • Physiology
  • Molecular Biology
  • Clinical Biochemistry
  • Cell Biology


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