MicroRNAs as regulators of cisplatin-resistance in non-small cell lung carcinomas

Irina Fadejeva, Horst Olschewski and Andelko Hrzenjak _

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Oncotarget. 2017; 8:115754-115773. https://doi.org/10.18632/oncotarget.22975

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Irina Fadejeva1, Horst Olschewski1,2 and Andelko Hrzenjak1,2

1Division of Pulmonology, Department of Internal Medicine, Medical University of Graz, Graz, Austria

2Ludwig Boltzmann Institute of Lung Vascular Research, Medical University of Graz, Graz, Austria

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Andelko Hrzenjak, email: [email protected]

Keywords: cisplatin resistance, microRNA, chemotherapy, NSCLC, hypoxia

Received: September 24, 2017     Accepted: November 15, 2017     Published: December 05, 2017


With more than 80% of all diagnosed lung cancer cases, non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) remains the leading cause of cancer death worldwide. Exact diagnosis is mostly very late and advanced-stage NSCLCs are inoperable at admission. Tailored therapies with tyrosine kinase inhibitors are only available for a minority of patients. Thus, chemotherapy is often the treatment of choice. As first-line chemotherapy for NSCLCs, platinum-based substances (e.g. cisplatin, CDDP) are mainly used. Unfortunately, the positive effects of CDDP are frequently diminished due to development of drug resistance and negative influence of microenvironmental factors like hypoxia. MicroRNAs (miRNAs) are small, non-coding molecules involved in the regulation of gene expression and modification of biological processes like cell proliferation, apoptosis and cell response to chemotherapeutics. Expression of miRNAs is often deregulated in lung cancer compared to corresponding non-malignant tissue. In this review we summarize the present knowledge about the effects of miRNAs on CDDP-resistance in NSCLCs. Further, we focus on miRNAs deregulated by hypoxia, which is an important factor in the development of CDDP-resistance in NSCLCs. This review will contribute to the general understanding of miRNA-regulated biological processes in NSCLC, with special focus on the role of miRNA in CDDP-resistance.

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