Document Type

Article

Department

Neurosurgery

Abstract

Recent brain tumour research has shown abnormalities in gene expression as key features for almost all common brain tumours investigated. However, there is increasing evidence that epigenetic abnormalities are also crucial for tumorigenesis. Epigenetic abnormalities are heritable alterations affecting gene expression without changing the primary DNA sequence. Epigenetic abnormalities in meningiomas include abnormal microRNA expression, altered DNA methylation and histone and chromatin modifications. In this review we identify the role of altered expression of microRNA in the development and recurrence of meningioma. Based on the review of current literature, extensive knowledge of micro-RNA expression cannot only determine tumour recurrence and prognosis but also opens up new avenues for treatment.

Publication

JPMA. The Journal of the Pakistan Medical Association

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