NeuroMolecular Medicine

, Volume 21, Issue 4, pp 369–390 | Cite as

Cerebral Amyloid Angiopathy, Alzheimer’s Disease and MicroRNA: miRNA as Diagnostic Biomarkers and Potential Therapeutic Targets

  • J. Weldon Furr
  • Diego Morales-Scheihing
  • Bharti Manwani
  • Juneyoung Lee
  • Louise D. McCulloughEmail author
Review Paper


The protein molecules must fold into unique conformations to acquire functional activity. Misfolding, aggregation, and deposition of proteins in diverse organs, the so-called “protein misfolding disorders (PMDs)”, represent the conformational diseases with highly ordered assemblies, including oligomers and fibrils that are linked to neurodegeneration in brain illnesses such as cerebral amyloid angiopathy (CAA) and Alzheimer’s disease (AD). Recent studies have revealed several aspects of brain pathology in CAA and AD, but both the classification and underlying mechanisms need to be further refined. MicroRNAs (miRNAs) are critical regulators of gene expression at the post-transcriptional level. Increasing evidence with the advent of RNA sequencing technology suggests possible links between miRNAs and these neurodegenerative disorders. To provide insights on the small RNA-mediated regulatory circuitry and the translational significance of miRNAs in PMDs, this review will discuss the characteristics and mechanisms of the diseases and summarize circulating or tissue-resident miRNAs associated with AD and CAA.


Alzheimer’s disease Cerebral amyloid angiopathy Intracerebral hemorrhage MicroRNA Protein misfolding 



This work was supported by NIH/NINDS NS094543 and NS096493 (to LDM).

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Conflict of interest

The authors declare that they have no conflicts of interest.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.BRAINS Research LaboratoryUniversity of Texas McGovern Medical SchoolHoustonUSA

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