Regulation of brain endothelial barrier function by microRNAs in health and neuroinflammation

Miguel Alejandro Lopez-Ramirez, Arie Reijerkerk, Helga E. De Vries, Ignacio Andres Romero

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Brain endothelial cells constitute themajor cellular element of the highly specialized blood-brain barrier (BBB) and thereby contribute to CNS homeostasis by restricting entry of circulating leukocytes and blood-borne molecules into the CNS. Therefore, compromised function of brain endothelial cells has serious consequences for BBB integrity. This has been associated with early events in the pathogenesis of several disorders that affect the CNS, such as multiple sclerosis, HIV-associated neurologic disorder, and stroke. Recent studies demonstrate that brain endothelial microRNAs play critical roles in the regulation of BBB function under normal and neuroinflammatory conditions. This review will focus on emerging evidence that indicates that brain endothelial microRNAs regulate barrier function and orchestrate various phases of the neuroinflammatory response, including endothelial activation in response to cytokines aswell as restoration of inflamed endotheliuminto a quiescent state. In particular, we discuss novelmicroRNA regulatory mechanisms and their contribution to cellular interactions at the neurovascular unit that influence the overall function of the BBB in health and during neuroinflammation.-Lopez-Ramirez, M. A., Reijerkerk, A., de Vries, H. E., Romero, I. A. Regulation of brain endothelial barrier function by microRNAs in health and neuroinflammation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2662-2672
Number of pages11
JournalFASEB Journal
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - 1 Aug 2016


  • Inflammation
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Neurovascular unit
  • Regulatory mechanisms
  • Stroke

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