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World J Gastroenterol. Aug 14, 2018; 24(30): 3313-3329
Published online Aug 14, 2018. doi: 10.3748/wjg.v24.i30.3313
MicroRNAs as non-invasive diagnostic biomarkers for gastric cancer: Current insights and future perspectives
Alexander Link, Juozas Kupcinskas
Alexander Link, Department of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Infectious Diseases, Otto-von-Guericke University, Magdeburg 39120, Germany
Juozas Kupcinskas, Institute for Digestive Research and Department of Gastroenterology, Lithuanian University of Health Sciences, Kaunas LT-44307, Lithuania
Author contributions: Link A contributed to conception and design of the study, literature review and analysis, drafting, critical revision, editing and final approval of the final version, guarantor of the study; Kupcinskas J contributed to literature review, analysis, drafting, editing and approval of the final version.
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Correspondence to: Alexander Link, MD, PhD, Academic Research, Associate Professor, Department of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Infectious Diseases, Otto-von-Guericke University, Leipziger str. 44, Magdeburg 39120, Germany.
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Received: April 4, 2018
Peer-review started: April 4, 2018
First decision: May 30, 2018
Revised: June 10, 2018
Accepted: June 28, 2018
Article in press: June 28, 2018
Published online: August 14, 2018
Core Tip

Core tip: Over the past years, large amount of data to microRNAs (miRNAs) in gastric cancer (GC) has been published. We aimed to provide the critical, first of its kind in depth overview of existing studies to the miRNAs diagnostic biomarkers in GC. For this, we systematically reviewed published literature and identified 75 studies related specifically to microRNAs as blood-related non-invasive diagnostic biomarker in GC. This work provides a critical compendium to 106 studied microRNAs and summarizes the technical and methodological differences in reported studies. Furthermore, we highlight several aspects that need careful attention in future studies.