Emerging roles of long non-coding RNAs in the pathogenesis of Alzheimer's disease

Francesca Cortini, Francesca Roma, Chiara Villa

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Alzheimer's disease (AD) is a heterogeneous neurodegenerative disorder and represents the most common form of senile dementia. The pathogenesis of AD is not yet completely understood and no curative treatment is currently available. With the recent advancement in transcriptome-wide profiling approach, several non-coding RNAs (ncRNAs) have been identified. Among them, long non-coding RNAs (lncRNAs), which are long transcripts without apparent protein-coding capacity, have received increasing interest for their involvement in a wide range of biological processes as regulatory molecules. Recent studies have suggested that lncRNAs play a role in AD pathogenesis, although their specific influences in the disorder remain to be largely unknown. Herein, we will summarize the biology and mechanisms of action of the best characterized dysregulated lncRNAs in AD, focusing the attention on their potential role in the disease pathogenesis. A deeper understanding of the molecular mechanisms and the complex network of interactions in which they are implicated should open the doors to new research considering lncRNAs as novel therapeutic targets and prognostic/diagnostic biomarkers.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)19-26
Number of pages8
JournalAgeing Research Reviews
Publication statusPublished - Mar 1 2019


  • Alzheimer's disease
  • Long non-coding RNAs
  • Post-trascriptional regulation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biotechnology
  • Biochemistry
  • Ageing
  • Molecular Biology
  • Neurology


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