MicroRNA (miRNA) Profiling

  • Lu Gao
  • Feng JiangEmail author
Part of the Methods in Molecular Biology book series (MIMB, volume 1381)


MicroRNAs (miRNAs) are small, highly conserved noncoding RNA molecules involved in the regulation of gene expression. Since each miRNA regulates the expression of hundreds of target mRNAs, miRNAs could function as master coordinators, efficiently regulating fundamental cellular processes, including proliferation, apoptosis, and development. Furthermore, miRNAs may provide useful diagnostic and therapeutic targets in a variety of diseases. However, miRNA expression profiling is essential for the investigation of the biological functions and clinical applications of miRNAs. Therefore, in this chapter, we review and discuss commonly used techniques for miRNAs profiling, as well as their advantages and restrictions.

Key words

miRNA Microarray DDPCR 



This work was supported in part by NCI R01CA161837, VA merit Award I01 CX000512, LUNGevity/Upstage Foundation Early Detection Award, and Award from the Geaton and JoAnn DeCesaris Family Foundation (F. J.).


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of PathologyUniversity of Maryland School of MedicineBaltimoreUSA

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