Single-cell omics technologies provide an unprecedented opportunity to deciphermolecular mechanisms underlying various biological processes in a cellularheterogeneity manner. The emergence of such techniques promotes the explorationof lncRNAs, which are known to be tissue- and cell-specific noncodingtranscripts involving the regulation of multiple important cellular processes.In this review, we introduce the advancement of lncRNA studies which benefitfrom single-cell omics data analysis. We discuss the expression heterogeneity oflncRNAs, their cell-type specificity and associated gene regulatory networks(GRNs) from a single-cell perspective. We also summarized the state-of-the-artsingle-cell omics resources and tools for the construction of single-cell GRNs(scGRNs) that could be potentially used for lncRNA functional study. Finally, wehighlight the challenges and prospective for scGRN exploration in lncRNAbiology.
School of Life Sciences, Nanjing University
Nanjing 210023, China