The evolution and diversification of Dicers in plants

Margis, Rogerio, Fusaro, Adriana F., Smith, Neil A., Curtin, Shaun J., Watson, John M., Finnegan, E. Jean, & Waterhouse, Peter M. (2006) The evolution and diversification of Dicers in plants. FEBS Letters, 580(10), pp. 2442-2450.

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Most multicellular organisms regulate developmental transitions by microRNAs, which are generated by an enzyme, Dicer. Insects and fungi have two Dicer-like genes, and many animals have only one, yet the plant, Arabidopsis, has four. Examining the poplar and rice genomes revealed that they contain five and six Dicer-like genes, respectively. Analysis of these genes suggests that plants require a basic set of four Dicer types which were present before the divergence of mono- and dicotyledonous plants (∼200 million years ago), but after the divergence of plants from green algae. A fifth type of Dicer seems to have evolved in monocots. © 2006 Federation of European Biochemical Societies.

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ID Code: 65952
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: Dicer, Evolution, RNAi, enzyme, microRNA, protein, unclassified drug, Arabidopsis, article, controlled study, fungus, genetic analysis, genetic variability, genome, green alga, insect, molecular evolution, nonhuman, nucleotide sequence, plant, priority journal, rice, Arabidopsis Proteins, Evolution, Molecular, Genes, Plant, Oryza sativa, Populus, Species Specificity, Animalia, Chlorophyta, Fungi, Hexapoda, Liliopsida
DOI: 10.1016/j.febslet.2006.03.072
ISSN: 0014-5793
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES (060000) > GENETICS (060400)
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 2006 Elsevier BV
Deposited On: 09 Jan 2014 03:48
Last Modified: 09 Jan 2014 03:50

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