Breast cancer MicroRNAs: Clinical biomarkers for the diagnosis and treatment strategies

Gowhar Shafi*, Tarique N. Hasan, Naveed Ahmed Syed, Ananta Paine, Jesper Tegner, Anjana Munshi

*Corresponding author for this work

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterpeer-review

4 Scopus citations


Breast cancer is the second most common cancer in females that accounts for the highest cancer-specific deaths worldwide. Although recent advances in clinical management significantly reduced the mortality rate in breast cancer patients, the success rate of the effective therapy remains largely dependent on early detection. It has been demonstrated that gene expression profile may be a useful tool to define the signature of breast cancer as well as to predict the prognosis or response to treatment. The microRNA expression profile is gaining lots of attention to define various types of cancers since they play critical roles in many different cellular processes including metabolism, apoptosis, differentiation, and development. Several studies have shown that microRNA's signatures are associated with the staging, progression, and response to treatment in breast cancer. In addition to this microRNA has been shown to act as oncogenes and tumor suppressor genes. Continued efforts to delineate the microRNA function in mammary physiological and pathological conditions will reveal novel insights into normal cells and breast cancer biology and ultimately provide a new molecular target for alternate therapy. The book chapter covers the role of microRNAs in the diagnosis, staging, progression, prognosis, and response to treatment of breast cancer.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationOmics Approaches in Breast Cancer
Subtitle of host publicationTowards Next-Generation Diagnosis, Prognosis and Therapy
PublisherSpringer India
Number of pages12
ISBN (Electronic)9788132208433
ISBN (Print)8132208420, 9788132208426
StatePublished - Apr 1 2014
Externally publishedYes


  • Breast cancer
  • Breast cancer staging
  • Diagnosis
  • MicroRNA
  • Prognosis
  • Treatment strategies

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Medicine


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