Missing pieces in the puzzle of plant microRNAs

Reis, Rodrigo S., Eamens, Andrew L., & Waterhouse, Peter M. (2015) Missing pieces in the puzzle of plant microRNAs. Trends in Plant Science, 20(11), pp. 721-728.

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Plant microRNAs (miRNAs) are important regulatory switches. Recent advances have revealed many regulatory layers between the two essential processes, miRNA biogenesis and function. However, how these multilayered regulatory processes ultimately control miRNA gene regulation and connects miRNAs and plant responses with the surrounding environment is still largely unknown. In this opinion article, we propose that the miRNA pathway is highly dynamic and plastic. The apparent flexibility of the miRNA pathway in plants appears to be controlled by a number recently identified proteins and poorly characterized signaling cascades. We further propose that altered miRNA accumulation can be a direct consequence of the rewiring of interactions between proteins that function in the miRNA pathway, an avenue that remains largely unexplored.

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ID Code: 95509
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: miRNA, Stress response, Development, Translation inhibition, Systems biology
DOI: 10.1016/j.tplants.2015.08.003
ISSN: 1360-1385
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Centre for Tropical Crops and Biocommodities
Current > Schools > School of Earth, Environmental & Biological Sciences
Current > Institutes > Institute for Future Environments
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Science & Engineering Faculty
Copyright Owner: 2015 Elsevier Ltd
Deposited On: 12 May 2016 03:45
Last Modified: 12 May 2016 22:32

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