Intest Res 2018; 16(3): 374-383
Delineating inflammatory bowel disease through transcriptomic studies: current review of progress and evidence
Seow-Neng Chan1, Eden Ngah Den Low1, Raja Affendi Raja Ali2, Norfilza Mohd Mokhtar1
1Department of Physiology and 2Gastroenterology Unit, Department of Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia Medical Centre, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Correspondence to: Norfilza Mohd Mokhtar, Department of Physiology, Faculty of Medicine, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia Medical Centre, Jalan Yaacob Latif, Bandar Tun Razak, Cheras, Kuala Lumpur 56000, Malaysia. Tel: +60-3-9145-8610, Fax: +60-3-9145 8606, E-mail:
Received: December 6, 2017; Revised: January 23, 2018; Accepted: January 29, 2018; Published online: April 6, 2018.
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Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), which comprises of Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis, is an idiopathic relapsing and remitting disease in which the interplay of different environment, microbial, immunological and genetic factors that attribute to the progression of the disease. Numerous studies have been conducted in multiple aspects including clinical, endoscopy and histopathology for the diagnostics and treatment of IBD. However, the molecular mechanism underlying the aetiology and pathogenesis of IBD is still poorly understood. This review tries to critically assess the scientific evidence at the transcriptomic level as it would help in the discovery of RNA molecules in tissues or serum between the healthy and diseased or different IBD subtypes. These molecular signatures could potentially serve as a reliable diagnostic or prognostic biomarker. Researchers have also embarked on the study of transcriptome to be utilized in targeted therapy. We focus on the evaluation and discussion related to the publications reporting the different approaches and techniques used in investigating the transcriptomic changes in IBD with the intention to offer new perspectives to the landscape of the disease.
Keywords: Inflammatory bowel diseases; Colitis, ulcerative; Crohn disease; Transcriptome; Microarray analysis

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