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Long Non-Coding RNAs and Obesity: New Potential Pathogenic Biomarkers

[ Vol. 28 , Issue. 19 ]


Martina Fontanini, Manuela Cabiati, Manuel Giacomarra, Giovanni Federico and Silvia Del Ry*   Pages 1592 - 1605 ( 14 )


Background: A portion of the human genome is characterized by long non-coding RNAs (lncRNAs), a class of non-coding RNA longer than 200 nucleotides. Recently, the development of new biomolecular methods made it possible to delineate the involvement of lncRNAs in the regulation of different biological processes, both physiological and pathological, by acting within the cell with different regulatory mechanisms based on their specific target. To date, obesity is one of the most important health problems spreading all over the world, including the children: the search for new potential early biomarkers could open the doors to novel therapeutic strategies useful to fight the disease early in life and to reduce the risk of obesity-related co-morbidities.

Objective: This review highlights the lncRNAs involved in obesity, in adipogenesis, and lipid metabolism, particularly in lipogenesis.

Conclusion: LncRNAs involved in adipogenesis and lipogenesis, being at the cross-road of obesity, should be deeply analysed in this contest, allowing to understand possible causative actions in starting obesity and whether they might be helpful to treat obesity.


Long non-coding RNA (lncRNAs), adipogenesis, lipogenesis, lipid metabolism, obesity, biomarkers.


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