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Can microRNAs Be Biomarkers or Targets for Therapy of Ischemic Coronary Artery Disease in Metabolic Syndrome?

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Due to their exceptional stability in the circulation, microRNAs (miRs) are being identified as promising biomarkers. On the other hand, their propensity to regulate networks of functionally closely related genes and relative ease of delivery makes them attractive targets for therapy. However, neither application is without challenges, especially as it applies to ischemic coronary artery disease (CAD). This review: 1) describes miRs which have been most consistently found to be associated with the most common manifestations of CAD, including atherosclerosis, angina pectoris, myocardial infarction and myocardial reperfusion through arteriogenesis, 2) emphasizes those miRs which are also altered in metabolic syndrome and its component pathologies, 3) discusses challenges which currently prevent clinical application related to inconsistencies between findings in cell culture, animal models and among human studies, as well as technical challenges, and 4) offers some suggestions towards resolutions of these discrepancies.

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Originally published in Current Drug Targets. The published manuscript is available at EurekaSelect via https://doi.org/10.2174/1389450117666160201113734