The developmental role of microRNA in plants

Catherine A Kidner, Robert A Martienssen

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Abstract / Description of output

MicroRNAs (miRNAs) are single-stranded RNA molecules of around 22 nucleotides (nt) in length that are associated with the RNA-induced silencing complex (RISC). They play an important role in plant development, either by targeting mRNA for cleavage or by inhibiting translation. Over the past year, the list of known miRNAs, confirmed targets and developmental effects has expanded, as has the realization that they are conserved during evolution and that small RNAs can play a direct role in cell-cell signaling.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)38-44
Number of pages7
JournalCurrent opinion in plant biology
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2005

Keywords / Materials (for Non-textual outputs)

  • Gene Expression Regulation, Developmental
  • Gene Expression Regulation, Plant
  • Genes, Plant
  • MicroRNAs
  • Plants
  • RNA, Plant
  • RNA-Induced Silencing Complex


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