miRNAs: Whys and Wherefores of miRNA-Mediated Regulation

Department of Molecular and Cell Biology, University of California, Berkeley, CA 94720, USA.
Current Biology (Impact Factor: 9.57). 07/2005; 15(12):R458-60. DOI: 10.1016/j.cub.2005.06.015
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MiRNAs are assumed to be important in animal development and physiology, but their specific roles in vivo are still poorly understood. New bioinformatic and genetic studies are setting the stage for unraveling the specific biological functions of miRNAs.

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    • "miRNAs are processed from primary transcripts with extensive fold-back structures which are transcribed from specific endogenous non protein-coding sequences (MIRNA genes) either from intergenic sequences or in metazoa also within introns. In plants, MIRNA genes are transcribed by RNA polymerase II (Xie et al. 2005a; Megraw et al. 2006) and are expressed in a tissue-and time-specific manner (Lai 2005; Valoczi et al. 2006). Plant miRNAs, function by providing sequence specificity to RISC, which usually slices mRNAs complementary to the miRNAs in a similar way to siRNAs (Llave et al. 2002; Rhoades et al. 2002; Kasschau et al. 2003; Jones-Rhoades et al. 2006), although translational suppression has also been shown (Brodersen et al. 2008). "
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    • "MicroRNAs (miRs) are small (18 to 22 nucleotides), non-coding RNAs with post-transcriptional gene silencing activity [6,7] that regulate gene expression by associating with the 3′-untranslated region (3′-UTR) of genes and inhibiting protein translation [8]. miRs can also destabilize and mediate the degradation of RNA transcripts [9]. "
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