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Progresses in microRNA Delivery Using Synthetic Nanovectors in Cancer Therapy

[ Vol. 24 , Issue. 31 ]


Sanaz Javanmardi, Mahmoud Reza Aghamaali, Samira Sadat Abolmaali* and Ali Mohammad Tamaddon*   Pages 3678 - 3696 ( 19 )


MicroRNAs are small noncoding RNAs with key roles in gene expression. It has been revealed that aberrant expression of microRNAs is related to gene expression abnormality, and they have the potential to be used as anti-cancer drugs. However, the delivery of microRNAs is limited due to barriers, such as low uptake and insufficient endosomal release, intracellular nucleases degradation, phagocytic elimination, and renal filtration. To overcome these issues, novel delivery systems are developed for improving the efficiency of microRNAs therapy ranging from viral to synthetic; some are further developed with targeted ligands for active targeting purposes. Such delivery systems provide efficient cellular uptake and endosomal release as well as low cytotoxicity and minimum unwanted host immune response. Nevertheless, more complementary studies are warranted before being applied in human studies. This review deals with recent updates on the challenges and achievements of the various nanotechnology-based gene delivery vehicles with a special emphasis on the miRNA delivery in cancer therapy. In addition, we attempted to categorize the designed delivery systems based on miRNA therapeutic molecule. The related cellular signaling pathways and pharmacological action against cancer promotion have also been highlighted.


microRNA, delivery system, cancer therapy, combination therapy, gene expression, renal filtration.


Department of Biology, Faculty of Science, University of Guilan, Rasht, Department of Biology, Faculty of Science, University of Guilan, Rasht, Pharmaceutical Nanotechnology Department, Shiraz University of Medical Sciences, Shiraz 71345, Center for Nanotechnology in Drug Delivery, Shiraz University of Medical Sciences, Shiraz 71345

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