MicroRNAs in Skeletal Muscle Aging: Current Issues and Perspectives

Hwa Jin Jung, Kwang Pyo Lee, Ki Sun Kwon, Yousin Suh

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Skeletal muscle is one of the major organs responsible for body movements and metabolism making up approximately 40% of the total body mass. During aging, skeletal muscle exhibits a degenerative age-associated decline in mass and function termed sarcopenia. This age-associated dysfunction of skeletal muscle is a major criterion of morbidity, mortality, and overall declines of quality of life in the elderly people. Therefore, researchers have focused on identifying modulators of muscle aging process including messenger RNAs, proteins, and recently small noncoding RNAs such as microRNAs (miRNAs). In particular, miRNAs have been demonstrated to play a critical role in skeletal muscle development and homeostasis. Recent studies revealed that miRNAs were also involved in muscle aging processes and the rejuvenation of aged muscle by regulating important molecules and pathways of aging including insulin-like growth factors, nicotine-adenine dinucleotide (+)-dependent protein deacetylase sirtuin-1, telomerase reverse transcriptase, and transforming growth factor-β signaling pathway. Over the years, miRNAs have emerged as promising candidates for biomarkers of sarcopenia and targets for interventions to slow muscle aging. Here, we comprehensively review the current knowledge on the role of miRNAs in skeletal muscle aging and highlight their potential as biomarkers or therapeutic targets for skeletal muscle health.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1008-1014
Number of pages7
JournalJournals of Gerontology - Series A Biological Sciences and Medical Sciences
Issue number7
StatePublished - Jun 18 2019


  • MicroRNA
  • Muscle aging
  • Muscle stem cells
  • Sarcopenia
  • Skeletal muscle

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Aging
  • Geriatrics and Gerontology


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