Chromatoid body and small RNAs in male germ cells.

  title={Chromatoid body and small RNAs in male germ cells.},
  author={Oliver Meikar and Matteo Da Ros and Hanna Korhonen and Noora Kotaja},
  volume={142 2},
The chromatoid body (CB) is a germ granule in the cytoplasm of postmeiotic haploid round spermatids that is loaded with RNA and RNA-binding proteins. Following the discovery of small non-coding RNA-mediated gene regulation and the identification of PIWI-interacting RNAs (piRNAs) that have crucial roles in germ line development, the function of the CB has slowly begun to be revealed. Male germ cells utilise small RNAs to control the complex and specialised process of sperm production. Several… CONTINUE READING
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