Circular RNAs pp 231-237 | Cite as

Circular RNAs in Brain Physiology and Disease

  • S. Gokul
  • G. K. RajanikantEmail author
Part of the Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology book series (AEMB, volume 1087)


Circular RNAs (circRNAs) are endogenously expressed non-coding RNAs discovered in the early 1990s as a transcriptional by-product of little importance. It was only recently that they were identified as a key player in regulating the gene expression by targeting and modulating the functions of microRNA, a process known as microRNA sponging. They are distributed throughout the system in a tissue-specific manner showing abundant enrichment in neuronal tissue. Their physiological functions in the brain such as neuronal maturation, differentiation, etc. as well as their implications in numerous brain-related disorders have made its entry into the spotlight. Yet the wider scope and molecular mechanism of circRNAs still remain elusive. In this chapter, we describe in detail the functional aspects and importance of circRNAs in the human brain and how it is associated with various neurological diseases.


Circular RNA Brain Ischemic stroke Neurodegenerative diseases Brain tumour 



Circular RNAs


Glioblastoma multiforme


Major depressive disorder




Messenger RNA


Multiple system atrophy


Non-coding RNA


Precursor mRNA


Serine- and arginine-rich splicing factor 1


Traumatic brain injury


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Biotechnology, National Institute of Technology CalicutCalicutIndia

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