Circular RNA in Retina: a potential biomarker and therapeutic target


doi: 10.1159/000529207.

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Huiwen Tian et al.

Ophthalmic Res.


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Circular RNA (circRNA) is a newly discovered non-coding RNA, which forms a closed ring with more than 200 bases in length. CircRNA is formed by back splicing of precursor RNA, and its expression abundance in body fluid is up to 10 times that of homologous linear transcripts. Recently, novel activities for circRNA in various diseases have emerged, ranging from cancer therapy and neurodegenerative diseases. Here, we reviewed the literature on the biogenesis of circrna and its relationship with retinal diseases in recent years. We first described the mechanism, existing form and main function of circRNA. Next, we also pinpoint that circRNA has great value in the diagnosis and treatment of retinal diseases represented by retinoblastoma, retinal degeneration and diabetic retinopathy. By this review, we hope to explore more possibilities of circRNA in clinical diagnosis and treatment.

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