RNA silencing in plants: Yesterday, today, and tomorrow

Eamens, A., Wang, M.B., Smith, N.A., & Waterhouse, P.M. (2008) RNA silencing in plants: Yesterday, today, and tomorrow. Plant Physiology, 147(2), pp. 456-468.

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RNA silencing has become a major focus of molecular biology and biomedical research around the world. This is highlighted by a simple PubMed search for “RNA silencing,” which retrieves almost 9,000 articles. Interest in gene silencing-related mechanisms stemmed from the early 1990s, when this phenomenon was first noted as a surprise observation by plant scientists during the course of plant transformation experiments, in which the introduction of a transgene into the genome led to the silencing of both the transgene and homologous endogenes. From these initial studies, plant biologists have continued to generate a wealth of information into not only gene silencing mechanisms but also the complexity of these biological pathways as well as revealing their multilevel interactions with one another. The plant biology community has also made significant advancements in exploiting RNA silencing as a powerful tool for gene function studies and crop improvements.

In this article, we (1) review the rich history of gene silencing research and the knowledge it has generated into our understanding of this fundamental mechanism of gene regulation in plants; (2) describe examples of the current applications of RNA silencing in crop plants; and (3) discuss improvements in RNA silencing technology and its potential application in plant science.

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ID Code: 65818
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Additional Information: Articles free to read on journal website after 12 months
DOI: 10.1104/pp.108.117275
ISSN: 0032-0889
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES (060000) > PLANT BIOLOGY (060700)
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Earth, Environmental & Biological Sciences
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Science & Engineering Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2008 American Society of Plant Biologists
Deposited On: 08 Jan 2014 02:47
Last Modified: 06 Aug 2015 21:02

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