Parkinson’s disease (PD) is the second most common age-related neurodegenerative disorder after Alzheimer’s disease. To date, the clinical diagnosis of PD is primarily based on the late onset of motor impairments. Unfortunately, at this stage, most of the dopaminergic neurons may have already been lost, leading to the limited clinical benefits of current therapeutics. Therefore, early identification of PD, especially at the prodromal stage, is still a main challenge in the diagnosis and management of this disease. Recently, microRNAs (miRNAs) in cerebrospinal fluid or peripheral blood have been proposed as putative biomarkers to assist in PD diagnosis and therapy. In this review, we systematically summarize the changes of miRNA expression profiles in PD patients, and highlight their putative roles in the diagnosis and treatment of this devastating disease.
- Parkinson’s disease
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