CircRNAs: Pivotal modulators of TGF-β signalling in cancer pathogenesis

Asif Ahmad Bhat, Gaurav Gupta, Rajiv Dahiya, Riya Thapa, Archana Gahtori, Moyad Shahwan, Vikas Jakhmola, Abhishek Tiwari, Mahish Kumar, Harish Dureja, Sachin Kumar Singh, Kamal Dua, Vinoth Kumarasamy, Vetriselvan Subramaniyan

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The intricate molecular landscape of cancer pathogenesis continues to captivate researchers worldwide, with Circular RNAs (circRNAs) emerging as pivotal players in the dynamic regulation of biological functions. The study investigates the elusive link between circRNAs and the Transforming Growth Factor-β (TGF-β) signalling pathway, exploring their collective influence on cancer progression and metastasis. Our comprehensive investigation begins by profiling circRNA expression patterns in diverse cancer types, revealing a repertoire of circRNAs intricately linked to the TGF-β pathway. Through integrated bioinformatics analyses and functional experiments, we elucidate the specific circRNA-mRNA interactions that modulate TGF-β signalling, unveiling the regulatory controls governing this crucial pathway. Furthermore, we provide compelling evidence of the impact of circRNA-mediated TGF-β modulation on key cellular processes, including epithelial-mesenchymal transition (EMT), migration, and cell proliferation. In addition to their mechanistic roles, circRNAs have shown promise as diagnostic and prognostic biomarkers, as well as potential molecular targets for cancer therapy. Their ability to modulate critical pathways, such as the TGF-β signalling axis, underscores their significance in cancer biology and clinical applications. The intricate interplay between circRNAs and TGF-β is dissected, uncovering novel regulatory circuits that contribute to the complexity of cancer biology. This review unravels a previously unexplored dimension of carcinogenesis, emphasizing the crucial role of circRNAs in shaping the TGF-β signalling landscape.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)277-287
Number of pages11
JournalNon-coding RNA Research
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2024


  • Cancer
  • Cancer biology
  • circRNAs
  • Epithelial-mesenchymal transition
  • TGF-β

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