Issue 3, 2015

Food derived microRNAs


Foods provide fats, carbohydrates, and proteins as well as vitamins, minerals and trace elements. These dietary factors may influence cellular processes by regulating endogenous microRNA expression. MicroRNAs are non-coding regulatory molecules which affect gene expression at the post transcriptional level. It has been shown that plant and animal derived foods also contain microRNA. Yet, it is unclear if and to what extent plant and animal food derived microRNAs are absorbed by mammals. Thus, future studies need to better address absorption, tissue distribution and function of dietary plant and animal derived microRNAs in the context of human health and disease.

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Article type
Review Article
05 Dec 2014
20 Jan 2015
First published
22 Jan 2015
This article is Open Access
Creative Commons BY license

Food Funct., 2015,6, 714-718

Food derived microRNAs

A. E. Wagner, S. Piegholdt, M. Ferraro, K. Pallauf and G. Rimbach, Food Funct., 2015, 6, 714 DOI: 10.1039/C4FO01119H

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