Human salivary microRNAs in Cancer

Óscar Rapado-González, Blanca Majem, Laura Muinelo-Romay, Ana álvarez-Castro, Anna Santamaría, Antonio Gil-Moreno, Rafael López-López, María Mercedes Suárez-Cunqueiro

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© Ivyspring International Publisher. Circulating microRNAs (miRNAs) have emerged as excellent candidates for cancer biomarkers. Several recent studies have highlighted the potential use of saliva for the identification of miRNAs as novel biomarkers, which represents a great opportunity to improve diagnosis and monitor general health and disease. This review summarises the mechanisms of miRNAs deregulation in cancer, the value of targeting them with a therapeutic intention and the evidence of the potential clinical use of miRNAs expressed in saliva for the detection of different cancer types. We also provide a comprehensive review of the different methods for normalising the levels of specific miRNAs present in saliva, as this is a critical step in their analysis, and the challenge to validate salivary miRNAs as a reality to manage cancer patients.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)638-649
JournalJournal of Cancer
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2018


  • Biomarkers
  • Cancer
  • Liquid biopsy
  • MiRNAs
  • Normalization
  • Saliva


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