Noncoding RNAs in cardiovascular disease: Current knowledge, tools and technologies for investigation, and future directions: A scientific statement from the american heart association

Saumya Das, Ravi Shah, Stefanie Dimmeler, Jane E. Freedman, Christopher Holley, Jin Moo Lee, Kathryn Moore, Kiran Musunuru, Da Zhi Wang, Junjie Xiao, Ke Jie Yin

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Background: The discovery that much of the non-protein-coding genome is transcribed and plays a diverse functional role in fundamental cellular processes has led to an explosion in the development of tools and technologies to investigate the role of these noncoding RNAs in cardiovascular health. Furthermore, identifying noncoding RNAs for targeted therapeutics to treat cardiovascular disease is an emerging area of research. The purpose of this statement is to review existing literature, offer guidance on tools and technologies currently available to study noncoding RNAs, and identify areas of unmet need. Methods: The writing group used systematic literature reviews (including MEDLINE, Web of Science through 2018), expert opinion/statements, analyses of databases and computational tools/algorithms, and review of current clinical trials to provide a broad consensus on the current state of the art in noncoding RNA in cardiovascular disease. Results: Significant progress has been made since the initial studies focusing on the role of miRNAs (microRNAs) in cardiovascular development and disease. Notably, recent progress on understanding the role of novel types of noncoding small RNAs such as snoRNAs (small nucleolar RNAs), tRNA (transfer RNA) fragments, and Y-RNAs in cellular processes has revealed a noncanonical function for many of these molecules. Similarly, the identification of long noncoding RNAs that appear to play an important role in cardiovascular disease processes, coupled with the development of tools to characterize their interacting partners, has led to significant mechanistic insight. Finally, recent work has characterized the unique role of extracellular RNAs in mediating intercellular communication and their potential role as biomarkers. Conclusions: The rapid expansion of tools and pipelines for isolating, measuring, and annotating these entities suggests that caution in interpreting results is warranted until these methodologies are rigorously validated. Most investigators have focused on investigating the functional role of single RNA entities, but studies suggest complex interaction between different RNA molecules. The use of network approaches and advanced computational tools to understand the interaction of different noncoding RNA species to mediate a particular phenotype may be required to fully comprehend the function of noncoding RNAs in mediating disease phenotypes.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)350-372
Number of pages23
JournalCirculation: Genomic and Precision Medicine
StateAccepted/In press - 2020


  • AHA Scientific Statements
  • RNA, long noncoding
  • RNA, small nucleolar
  • RNA, untranslated
  • cardiovascular diseases
  • microRNAs


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