Minireview: MicroRNA function in pancreatic β cells

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MicroRNAs are small noncoding ribonucleotides that regulate mRNA translation or degradation and have major roles in cellular function. MicroRNA (miRNA) levels are deregulated or altered in many diseases. There is overwhelming evidence that miRNAs also play an important role in the regulation of glucose homeostasis and thereby may contribute to the establishment of diabetes. MiRNAs have been shown to affect insulin levels by regulating insulin production, insulin exocytosis, and endocrine pancreas development. Although a large number of miRNAs have been identified from pancreatic β-cells using various screens, functional studies that link most of the identified miRNAs to regulation of pancreatic β-cell function are lacking. This review focuses on miRNAs with important roles in regulation of insulin production, insulin secretion, and β-cell development, and will discuss only miRNAs with established roles in β-cell function.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1922-1933
Number of pages12
JournalMolecular Endocrinology
Issue number12
StatePublished - 2014

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© 2014 by the Endocrine Society

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Molecular Biology
  • Endocrinology


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