Biochemistry (Moscow)

, Volume 81, Issue 4, pp 315–328 | Cite as

Molecular mechanisms and microRNAs in osteosarcoma pathogenesis

  • N. E. Kushlinskii
  • M. V. Fridman
  • E. A. BragaEmail author


This review summarizes data on microRNA (miRNA) genomic organization, biogenesis, and functions in carcinogenesis. The roles of key genes and regulatory miRNAs in molecular mechanisms and signaling pathways involved in the development of osteosarcoma, the most aggressive type of bone tumor striking mainly in adolescence and early adulthood, are discussed in detail. The most critical pathways in osteosarcoma pathogenesis are the Notch, Wnt, NF-κB, p53, PI3K/Akt, and MAPK pathways. The balance between cell survival and apoptosis is determined by the Wnt and NF-κB pathways, as well as by the ratio between the activities of the MAPK and PI3K/Akt pathways. Several miRNAs (miR-21, -34a, -143, -148a, -195a, -199a-3p, -382) regulate multiple target genes, pathways, and processes essential for osteosarcoma pathogenesis. Data on the key genes and regulatory miRNAs involved in metastasis and tumor cell response to drug treatment are presented. Possible applications of miRNA in osteosarcoma diagnostics and treatment are discussed.


regulatory miRNAs key genes oncogenesis signaling pathways osteosarcoma metastasis 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • N. E. Kushlinskii
    • 1
  • M. V. Fridman
    • 2
  • E. A. Braga
    • 3
    Email author
  1. 1.Blokhin Cancer Research CenterMoscowRussia
  2. 2.Vavilov Institute of General GeneticsRussian Academy of SciencesMoscowRussia
  3. 3.Institute of General Pathology and PathophysiologyMoscowRussia

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