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Capturing the RNA Castle: Exploiting MicroRNA Inhibition for Wound Healing

Bibby, G, Krasniqi, B, Reddy, I, Sekar, D and Ross, K (2021) Capturing the RNA Castle: Exploiting MicroRNA Inhibition for Wound Healing. The FEBS Journal. ISSN 1742-464X

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The growing pipelines of RNA-based therapies herald new opportunities to deliver better patient outcomes for complex disorders such as chronic non-healing wounds associated with diabetes. Members of the microRNA (miRNA) family of small non-coding RNAs have emerged as targets for diverse elements of cutaneous wound repair, and both miRNA enhancement with mimics or inhibition with antisense oligonucleotides represent tractable approaches for miRNA-directed wound healing. In this review, we focus on miRNA inhibition strategies to stimulate skin repair given advances in chemical modifications to enhance the performance of antisense miRNA (anti-miRs). We first explore miRNAs whose inhibition in keratinocytes promotes keratinocyte migration, an essential part of reepithelialisation during wound repair. We then focus on miRNAs that can be targeted for inhibition in endothelial cells to promote neovascularisation for wound healing in the context of diabetic mouse models. The picture that emerges is that direct comparisons of different anti-miRNAs modifications are required to establish the most translationally viable options in the chronic wound environment, that direct comparisons of the impact of inhibition of different miRNAs are needed to quantify and rank their relative efficacies in promoting wound repair, and that a standardised human ex vivo model of the diabetic wound is needed to reduce reliance on mouse models that do not necessarily enhance mechanistic understanding of miRNA-targeted wound healing.

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Additional Information: This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: Bibby, G., Krasniqi, B., Reddy, I., Sekar, D. and Ross, K. (2021), Capturing the RNA castle: Exploiting MicroRNA inhibition for wound healing. FEBS J. https://doi.org/10.1111/febs.16160, which has been published in final form at https://dx.doi.org/10.1111/febs.16160. This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Use of Self-Archived Versions.
Uncontrolled Keywords: 0304 Medicinal and Biomolecular Chemistry, 0601 Biochemistry and Cell Biology, 1101 Medical Biochemistry and Metabolomics
Subjects: Q Science > QD Chemistry
Q Science > QH Natural history > QH301 Biology
Q Science > QH Natural history > QH426 Genetics
Q Science > QR Microbiology
Divisions: Pharmacy & Biomolecular Sciences
Publisher: Wiley
Date Deposited: 14 Sep 2021 10:32
Last Modified: 26 Aug 2022 00:50
DOI or ID number: 10.1111/febs.16160
URI: https://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/15394
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