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MicroRNAs’ role in the environment-related non-communicable diseases and link to multidrug resistance, regulation, or alteration

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The discovery of microRNAs (miRNAs) 20 years ago has advocated a new era of “small molecular genetics.” About 2000 miRNAs are present that regulate one third of the genome. MiRNA dysregulated expression arising as a response to our environment insult or stress or changes may contribute to several diseases, namely non-communicable diseases, including tumor growth. Their presence in body fluids, reflecting level alteration in various cancers, merit circulating miRNAs as the “next-generation biomarkers” for early-stage tumor diagnosis and/or prognosis. Herein, we performed a comprehensive literature search focusing on the origin, biosynthesis, and role of miRNAs and summarized the foremost studies centering on miR value as non-invasive biomarkers in different environment-related non-communicable diseases, including various cancer types. Moreover, during chemotherapy, many miRNAs were linked to multidrug resistance, via modulating numerous, environment triggered or not, biological processes and/or pathways that will be highlighted as well.

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Abbreviations

ABCB1 :

ATP Binding Cassette Subfamily B Member 1

ABCC1 :

ATP Binding Cassette Subfamily C Member 1

ABCG :

ATP binding cassette super-family G member

AGO :

Argonaute

AMI :

Acute myocardial infarction

AMPK :

Adenosine-5-monophosphate-activated protein kinase

ATG5 :

Autophagy related 5

BCL-XL :

B-cell lymphoma-extra large

BCL2 :

B-cell lymphoma 2

BCRP :

Breast cancer resistant protein

CDK6 :

Cyclin-dependent kinase 6

CeRNA :

Competative endogenous RNA

CRC :

Colorectal cancer

CYP :

Cytochrome P450

CVD :

Cardiovascular diseases

DCP :

De-capping protein

DGCR8 :

Drosha-DiGeorge syndrome-critical region gene 8

DPD :

Dihydropyrimidine dehydrogenase

dsRNA :

Double stranded RNAs

EDC4 :

Enhancer of de-capping 4

eIF4G :

Eukaryotic initiation factor 4

ERK :

Extracellular signal-regulated kinase

GSH :

Glutathione

GST :

Glutathione S-transferases

HCC :

Hepatocellular carcinoma

LncRNA :

Long non-coding RNA

MAPK :

Mitogen-activated protein kinase

MDR :

Multidrug resistance

miRNA :

MicroRNA

MRE :

MiRNA response elements

MRP1 :

Multidrug resistance-associated protein 1

mTOR :

Mechanistic target of rapamycin

NCDs :

Non communicable diseases

ncRNAs :

Noncoding RNAs

NSCLC :

Non small-cell lung carcinoma

ORF :

Open reading frame

OncoomiR :

Oncogenic miRNA

PD :

Parkinson’s Disease

PDCD4 :

Proapoptotic factors programmed cell death 4

PI3K :

Phosphoinositide 3- kinase

piRNA :

Piwi-interacting RNAs

PPARγ :

Peroxisome Proliferator-activated Receptor γ

Pre-miRNAs :

Precursor-miRNAs

Pri-miRNAs :

Primary miRNAs

PTEN :

Phosphatase and tensin homolog

Rictor :

Rapamycin-insensitive companion of mTOR

RISCs :

RNA-induced silencing complex

S6K1 :

Ribosomal protein S6 kinase beta 1

shRNAs :

Short heterogenous RNAs

siRNA :

Small interfering RNA

snoRNAs :

Small nucleolar RNAs

snRNAs :

Small nuclear RNAs

TS :

Thymidylate synthase

UTR :

Untranslated Region

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Mahmoud MM: data curation, original draft preparation, and rewriting; Sanad EF: editing, rewriting, and reviewing; Hamdy NM: conceptualization, supervision, editing, rewriting, and reviewing from submission till acceptance.

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Correspondence to Nadia M. Hamdy.

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Mahmoud, M.M., Sanad, E.F. & Hamdy, N.M. MicroRNAs’ role in the environment-related non-communicable diseases and link to multidrug resistance, regulation, or alteration. Environ Sci Pollut Res 28, 36984–37000 (2021). https://doi.org/10.1007/s11356-021-14550-w

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