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Importance of N6‑methyladenosine RNA modification in lung cancer (Review)

  • Authors:
    • Yueyang Wang
    • Xiaoming Su
    • Mingyao Zhao
    • Mingchen Xu
    • Yueqi Chen
    • Zhengyi Li
    • Wenyue Zhuang
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  • Published online on: April 27, 2021     https://doi.org/10.3892/mco.2021.2290
  • Article Number: 128
  • Copyright: © Wang et al. This is an open access article distributed under the terms of Creative Commons Attribution License.

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Abstract

The N6‑methyladenosine (m6A) modification is the most common mRNA modification in eukaryotes and exerts biological functions by affecting RNA metabolism. The m6A modification is installed by m6A methyltransferases, removed by demethylases and recognized by m6A‑binding proteins. The interaction between these three elements maintains the dynamic equilibrium of m6A in cells. Accumulating evidence indicates that m6A RNA methylation has a significant impact on RNA metabolism and is involved in the pathogenesis of cancer. Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer‑related deaths worldwide. The treatment options for lung cancer have developed considerably over the past few years; however, the survival rate of patients with lung cancer still remains very low. Although diagnostic methods and targeted therapies have been rapidly developed in recent years, the underlying mechanism and importance of m6A RNA methylation in the pathogenesis of lung cancer remains ambiguous. The current review summarized the biological functions of m6A modification and considers the potential roles of m6A regulators in the occurrence and development of lung cancer.

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Wang Y, Su X, Zhao M, Xu M, Chen Y, Li Z and Zhuang W: Importance of N<sup>6</sup>‑methyladenosine RNA modification in lung cancer (Review). Mol Clin Oncol 14: 128, 2021
APA
Wang, Y., Su, X., Zhao, M., Xu, M., Chen, Y., Li, Z., & Zhuang, W. (2021). Importance of N<sup>6</sup>‑methyladenosine RNA modification in lung cancer (Review). Molecular and Clinical Oncology, 14, 128. https://doi.org/10.3892/mco.2021.2290
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Wang, Y., Su, X., Zhao, M., Xu, M., Chen, Y., Li, Z., Zhuang, W."Importance of N<sup>6</sup>‑methyladenosine RNA modification in lung cancer (Review)". Molecular and Clinical Oncology 14.6 (2021): 128.
Chicago
Wang, Y., Su, X., Zhao, M., Xu, M., Chen, Y., Li, Z., Zhuang, W."Importance of N<sup>6</sup>‑methyladenosine RNA modification in lung cancer (Review)". Molecular and Clinical Oncology 14, no. 6 (2021): 128. https://doi.org/10.3892/mco.2021.2290