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Regulation of eukaryotic gene expression by the untranslated gene regions and other non-coding elements

Barrett, L.W., Fletcher, S. and Wilton, S.D. (2012) Regulation of eukaryotic gene expression by the untranslated gene regions and other non-coding elements. Cellular and Molecular Life Sciences, 69 (21). pp. 3613-3634.

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Abstract

There is now compelling evidence that the complexity of higher organisms correlates with the relative amount of non-coding RNA rather than the number of protein-coding genes. Previously dismissed as "junk DNA", it is the non-coding regions of the genome that are responsible for regulation, facilitating complex temporal and spatial gene expression through the combinatorial effect of numerous mechanisms and interactions working together to fine-tune gene expression. The major regions involved in regulation of a particular gene are the 5' and 3' untranslated regions and introns. In addition, pervasive transcription of complex genomes produces a variety of non-coding transcripts that interact with these regions and contribute to regulation. This review discusses recent insights into the regulatory roles of the untranslated gene regions and non-coding RNAs in the control of complex gene expression, as well as the implications of this in terms of organism complexity and evolution.

Publication Type: Journal Article
Publisher: Birkhauser Verlag Basel
Copyright: 2012 The Authors
URI: http://researchrepository.murdoch.edu.au/id/eprint/21502
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