Publication Details

Islam, M., Masud, M. Kamal., Haque, M. Hakimul., Hossain, M. Al., Yamauchi, Y., Nguyen, N. & Shiddiky, M. J. A. (2017). RNA Biomarkers: Diagnostic and Prognostic Potentials and Recent Developments of Electrochemical Biosensors. Small Methods, 1 (7), 1700131-1-1700131-20.


Ribonucleic acids (RNAs) are considered as effective and minimally invasive biomarkers for disease diagnosis and prognosis due to their critical role in the regulation of different cellular processes. Over the past several years, the rapid progress in RNA biomarker research has resulted in the development of a large number of high-performance RNA-detection methods. Most of these methods are based on molecular-biology techniques such as quantita-tive reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction (RT-qPCR), microarrays, and RNA sequencing. In recent years, considerable attention has also been dedicated to developing RNA biosensors, exploiting micro- and nanofabrica-tion technologies, and various readout strategies, including electrochemical and optical transducers. Here, the recent developments of RNA biosensors are concisely reviewed with a special emphasis on electrochemical-detection approaches. The following points are also highlighted: i) all the types of clini-cally relevant RNAs (mRNAs, miRNAs, lncRNAs) and their diagnostic and prognostic potential in cancer are outlined, ii) major challenges associated with current techniques are identified, followed by a critical analysis of how these challenges have been addressed by different biosensing approaches, and iii) the current requirements that still need to be met for effective screening of RNA biomarkers in both research and clinical settings.



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