Long Noncoding RNAs in Heart Disease

  • Constantin Kühl
  • Norbert FreyEmail author
Part of the Cardiac and Vascular Biology book series (Abbreviated title: Card. vasc. biol.)


Advances in research technology with systematic and unbiased measurements of transcriptional activity revealed the surprising fact of pervasive transcription of mammalian genomes. However, most of these transcripts are not obviously protein coding nor do they reveal easily inferable biological relevance and thus have been termed “noncoding”. This universe of noncoding RNAs with diverse and versatile families such as transfer RNAs (tRNA), ribosomal RNAs (rRNA), micro-RNAs (miRNA) small nucleolar RNAs (snoRNA) has fuelled an entire new branch of research and already challenged major dogmas in molecular biology. Among the diverse classes of noncoding RNAs, long noncoding RNAs (lncRNA) have emerged as major regulators of transcription, nucleolar organization, and chromatin-modifying complexes. The goal of this chapter is to present the state of research of lncRNAs in the context of heart disease and heart failure.


Cardiac Myocytes Noncoding RNAs Evolutionary Conservation Mitochondrial Fission Transverse Aortic Constriction 
These keywords were added by machine and not by the authors. This process is experimental and the keywords may be updated as the learning algorithm improves.



Chromatin immunoprecipitation sequencing


Enhancer-associated RNA


Long intergenic/intervening noncoding RNA


Long noncoding RNA


Noncoding RNA


Poly ADP ribose polymerase


Reads per kilobase per million mapped reads


Transverse aortic constriction


Untranslated region


Conflict of Interest

The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Internal Medicine III, Cardiology and AngiologyUniversity Medical Center Schleswig-HolsteinKielGermany
  2. 2.German Centre for Cardiovascular Research (DZHK)KielGermany

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