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Oxidative Medicine and Cellular Longevity
Volume 2017, Article ID 2062384, 21 pages
Review Article

Long Noncoding RNAs and RNA-Binding Proteins in Oxidative Stress, Cellular Senescence, and Age-Related Diseases

1Department of Biochemistry, The Catholic University of Korea College of Medicine, Seoul 06591, Republic of Korea
2Department of Molecular Medicine and Hypoxia-Related Disease Research Center, Inha University College of Medicine, Incheon 22212, Republic of Korea

Correspondence should be addressed to Eun Kyung Lee; and Jae-Seon Lee;

Received 23 February 2017; Revised 27 April 2017; Accepted 6 June 2017; Published 25 July 2017

Academic Editor: Domenico D'Arca

Copyright © 2017 Chongtae Kim et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Cellular senescence is a complex biological process that leads to irreversible cell-cycle arrest. Various extrinsic and intrinsic insults are associated with the onset of cellular senescence and frequently accompany genomic or epigenomic alterations. Cellular senescence is believed to contribute to tumor suppression, immune response, and tissue repair as well as aging and age-related diseases. Long noncoding RNAs (lncRNAs) are >200 nucleotides long, poorly conserved, and transcribed in a manner similar to that of mRNAs. They are tightly regulated during various cellular and physiological processes. Although many lncRNAs and their functional roles are still undescribed, the importance of lncRNAs in a variety of biological processes is widely recognized. RNA-binding proteins (RBPs) have a pivotal role in posttranscriptional regulation as well as in mRNA transport, storage, turnover, and translation. RBPs interact with mRNAs, other RBPs, and noncoding RNAs (ncRNAs) including lncRNAs, and they are involved in the regulation of a broad spectrum of cellular processes. Like other cell fate regulators, lncRNAs and RBPs, separately or cooperatively, are implicated in initiation and maintenance of cellular senescence, aging, and age-related diseases. Here, we review the current understanding of both lncRNAs and RBPs and their association with oxidative stress, senescence, and age-related diseases.