Macrophage Long Non-Coding RNAs in Pathogenesis of Cardiovascular Disease

Marcin Wysoczynski, Jae Kim, Joseph B Moore, Shizuka Uchida

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Chronic inflammation is inextricably linked to cardiovascular disease (CVD). Macrophages themselves play important roles in atherosclerosis, as well as acute and chronic heart failure. Although the role of macrophages in CVD pathophysiology is well-recognized, little is known regarding the precise mechanisms influencing their function in these contexts. Long non-coding RNAs (lncRNAs) have emerged as significant regulators of macrophage function; as such, there is rising interest in understanding how these nucleic acids influence macrophage signaling, cell fate decisions, and activity in health and disease. In this review, we summarize current knowledge regarding lncRNAs in directing various aspects of macrophage function in CVD. These include foam cell formation, Toll-like receptor (TLR) and NF-kβ signaling, and macrophage phenotype switching. This review will provide a comprehensive understanding concerning previous, ongoing, and future studies of lncRNAs in macrophage functions and their importance in CVD.

Original languageEnglish
Article number28
JournalNon-coding RNA
Issue number3
Pages (from-to)1-18
Number of pages18
Publication statusPublished - 11 Jul 2020
Externally publishedYes


  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Inflammation
  • LncRNA
  • Macrophage


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