Frontiers of Medicine

, Volume 7, Issue 2, pp 223–230 | Cite as

The role of microRNAs in adipocyte differentiation

  • Rong Zhang
  • Di Wang
  • Zhuying Xia
  • Chao Chen
  • Peng Cheng
  • Hui Xie
  • Xianghang LuoEmail author


Adipocytes differentiate from mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) in a process known as adipogenesis. The programme of adipogenesis is regulated by the sequential activation of transcription factors and several signaling pathways. There is growing evidence indicating that a class of small non-coding single-stranded RNAs known as “microRNAs (miRNAs)” also are involved in this process. In this review, we summarize the biology and functional mechanisms of miRNAs in adipocyte differentiation. In addition, we further discuss the miRNAs profiling, the miRNAs function and miRNAs target prediction in the adipogenesis.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Rong Zhang
    • 1
  • Di Wang
    • 1
  • Zhuying Xia
    • 1
  • Chao Chen
    • 1
  • Peng Cheng
    • 1
  • Hui Xie
    • 1
  • Xianghang Luo
    • 1
    Email author
  1. 1.Institute of Endocrinology & MetabolismThe Second Xiangya Hospital of Central South UniversityChangshaChina

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