Health News | Researchers Discover New Target to Combat Lung Disease

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Get latest articles and stories on Health at LatestLY. Research led by the Centenary Institute and University of Technology Sydney (UTS) has identified a small RNA molecule called microRNA-21 as a therapeutic target and its inhibition as a potential treatment for the chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).
Sydney [Australia], November 25 (ANI): Research led by the Centenary Institute and University of Technology Sydney (UTS) has identified a small RNA molecule called microRNA-21 as a therapeutic target and its inhibition as a potential treatment for the chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).

An inflammatory lung disease that makes it hard to breathe, COPD is often caused by smoking tobacco products or inhaling air pollution. It is the third most common cause of death in the world.

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In the pre-clinical study, the researchers found elevated levels of microRNA-21 in experimental COPD models involving mice. The use of a microRNA-21 inhibitor (antagomir-21) as a…
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