Tumor Biology

, Volume 37, Issue 1, pp 97–104 | Cite as

MicroRNAs as biomarkers and prospective therapeutic targets in colon and pancreatic cancers

  • Ganji Purnachandra Nagaraju
  • Appiya Santharam Madanraj
  • Sheik Aliya
  • Balney Rajitha
  • Olatunji Boladale Alese
  • Ekamber Kariali
  • Afroz Alam
  • Bassel F. El-Rayes


Colon and pancreatic cancers have high mortality rates due to early metastasis prior to the onset of symptoms. Screening tests for colorectal cancer are invasive and expensive. No effective screening is available for pancreatic cancer. Identification of biomarkers for early detection in both of these cancers is being extensively researched. MicroRNAs (miRNA) are small non-coding molecule biomarkers that regulate cancers. Measurement of miRNAs in pancreatic fluid or blood could be a preferred non-invasive screening method. The regulation of colon and pancreatic cancers by miRNA is complex. miRNA play a central role in inflammation, invasiveness, and tumor progression in these two cancers, as well as regulation of the NF-κB pathway. miRNA’s evolving role in screening is also reviewed.


MicroRNA NF-κB Colon cancer Pancreatic cancer 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ganji Purnachandra Nagaraju
    • 1
  • Appiya Santharam Madanraj
    • 2
  • Sheik Aliya
    • 3
  • Balney Rajitha
    • 1
    • 4
  • Olatunji Boladale Alese
    • 1
  • Ekamber Kariali
    • 5
  • Afroz Alam
    • 4
  • Bassel F. El-Rayes
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Hematology and Medical Oncology, Winship Cancer InstituteEmory UniversityAtlantaUSA
  2. 2.Department of Infection, Immunity and InflammationUniversity of LeicesterLeicesterUK
  3. 3.Department of BiotechnologyJawaharlal Nehru Technological UniversityHyderabadIndia
  4. 4.Department of MicrobiologyBanasthali UniversityBanasthaliIndia
  5. 5.School of Life Sciences, Department of BiotechnologySambalpur University, Jyoti ViharSambalpurIndia

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