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PPAR Research
Volume 2017, Article ID 7058424, 19 pages
Review Article

MicroRNAs-Dependent Regulation of PPARs in Metabolic Diseases and Cancers

Department of Cell Physiology and Metabolism and Diabetes Center, Faculty of Medicine, University of Geneva, Geneva, Switzerland

Correspondence should be addressed to Michelangelo Foti; hc.eginu@itof.olegnalehcim

Received 24 August 2016; Accepted 5 December 2016; Published 12 January 2017

Academic Editor: Valeria Amodeo

Copyright © 2017 Dorothea Portius 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.


Peroxisome proliferator-activated receptors (PPARs) are a family of ligand-dependent nuclear receptors, which control the transcription of genes involved in energy homeostasis and inflammation and cell proliferation/differentiation. Alterations of PPARs’ expression and/or activity are commonly associated with metabolic disorders occurring with obesity, type 2 diabetes, and fatty liver disease, as well as with inflammation and cancer. Emerging evidence now indicates that microRNAs (miRNAs), a family of small noncoding RNAs, which fine-tune gene expression, play a significant role in the pathophysiological mechanisms regulating the expression and activity of PPARs. Herein, the regulation of PPARs by miRNAs is reviewed in the context of metabolic disorders, inflammation, and cancer. The reciprocal control of miRNAs expression by PPARs, as well as the therapeutic potential of modulating PPAR expression/activity by pharmacological compounds targeting miRNA, is also discussed.