The Role of N6-Methyladenosine in Inflammatory Diseases

Oxid Med Cell Longev. 2022 Dec 12;2022:9744771. doi: 10.1155/2022/9744771. eCollection 2022.


N6-Methyladenosine (m6A) is the most abundant epigenetic RNA modification in eukaryotes, regulating RNA metabolism (export, stability, translation, and decay) in cells through changes in the activity of writers, erasers, and readers and ultimately affecting human life or disease processes. Inflammation is a response to infection and injury in various diseases and has therefore attracted significant attention. Currently, extensive evidence indicates that m6A plays an essential role in inflammation. In this review, we focus on the mechanisms of m6A in inflammatory autoimmune diseases, metabolic disorder, cardio-cerebrovascular diseases, cancer, and pathogen-induced inflammation, as well as its possible role as targets for clinical diagnosis and treatment.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Adenosine
  • Epigenesis, Genetic
  • Humans
  • Neoplasms* / metabolism
  • RNA* / metabolism


  • N-methyladenosine
  • RNA
  • Adenosine