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Advances in Understanding the LncRNA-Mediated Regulation of the Hippo Pathway in Cancer

Authors Wang M, Xu T, Feng W, Liu J, Wang Z

Received 21 September 2020

Accepted for publication 8 March 2021

Published 7 April 2021 Volume 2021:14 Pages 2397—2415


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Review by Single anonymous peer review

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Editor who approved publication: Dr Leo Jen-Liang Su

Mengwei Wang,* Tianwei Xu,* Wenyan Feng,* Junxia Liu, Zhaoxia Wang

Cancer Medical Center, The Second Affiliated Hospital of Nanjing Medical University, Nanjing, Jiangsu, People’s Republic of China

*These authors contributed equally to this work

Correspondence: Zhaoxia Wang
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Abstract: Long noncoding RNAs (lncRNAs) are a class of RNA molecules that are longer than 200 nucleotides and cannot encode proteins. Over the past decade, lncRNAs have been defined as regulatory elements of multiple biological processes, and their aberrant expression contributes to the development and progression of various malignancies. Recent studies have shown that lncRNAs are involved in key cancer-related signaling pathways, including the Hippo signaling pathway, which plays a prominent role in controlling organ size and tissue homeostasis by regulating cell proliferation, apoptosis, and differentiation. However, dysregulation of this pathway is associated with pathological conditions, especially cancer. Accumulating evidence has revealed that lncRNAs can modulate the Hippo signaling pathway in cancer. In this review, we elaborate on the role of the Hippo signaling pathway and the advances in the understanding of its lncRNA-mediated regulation in cancer. This review provides additional insight into carcinogenesis and will be of great clinical value for developing novel early detection and treatment strategies for this deadly disease.

Keywords: lncRNAs, Hippo pathway, cancer, tumorigenesis, prognosis

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