Putative miRNAs for the diagnosis of dyslexia, dyspraxia, and specific language impairment

Epigenetics. 2013 Oct;8(10):1023-9. doi: 10.4161/epi.26026. Epub 2013 Aug 15.


Disorders of human communication abilities can be classified into speech and language disorders. Speech disorders (e.g., dyspraxia) affect the sound generation and sequencing, while language disorders (e.g., dyslexia and specific language impairment, or SLI) are deficits in the encoding and decoding of language according to its rules (reading, spelling, grammar). The diagnosis of such disorders is often complicated, especially when a patient presents more than one disorder at the same time. The present review focuses on these challenges. We have combined data available from the literature with an in silico approach in an attempt to identify putative miRNAs that may have a key role in dyspraxia, dyslexia and SLI. We suggest the use of new miRNAs, which could have an important impact on the three diseases. Further, we relate those miRNAs to the axon guidance pathway and discuss possible interactions and the role of likely deregulated proteins. In addition, we describe potential differences in expressional deregulation and its role in the improvement of diagnosis. We encourage experimental investigations to test the data obtained in silico.

Keywords: SLI; dyslexia; dyspraxia; in silico analysis; miRNA.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Apraxias / diagnosis*
  • Apraxias / genetics
  • Apraxias / metabolism
  • Axons / physiology
  • Computer Simulation
  • Databases, Genetic
  • Dyslexia / diagnosis*
  • Dyslexia / genetics
  • Dyslexia / metabolism
  • Humans
  • MicroRNAs / genetics
  • MicroRNAs / metabolism*
  • Signal Transduction


  • MicroRNAs