Intractable Rare Dis Res. 2018;7(1):1-6. (DOI: 10.5582/irdr.2018.01013)

Circular RNAs and hereditary bone diseases.

Zhai NX, Lu YQ, Wang YZ, Ren XZ, Han JX


Circular RNA (circRNA) is a non-linear form of RNA derived from exonic, intronic, and exon-intron gene regions. circRNAs are characterized by covalent closed loops, highly stable nuclease resistance, and specific expression in species and developmental stages. CircRNA molecules have been identified as playing roles in the regulation of cell transcription, transcriptional expression after translation, interactions with microRNAs, and protein coding. A high stability and tissue- and disease-specific expression allow circRNAs to serve as potential biomarkers both for diseases and prognosis. CircRNAs function in bone remodeling by directly participating in bone-related signaling pathways and by forming the circRNA-miRNA-mRNA axis. Studies have seldom reported on the low incidence of circRNAs in genetic bone disorders. The current study reviews the characteristics of circRNAs and recent research on their role in rare hereditary bone diseases.

KEYWORDS: Circular RNA, biogenesis, hereditary bone diseases, osteoblast, osteoclast

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