Evolution of microRNA genes by inverted duplication of target gene sequences in Arabidopsis thaliana

  title={Evolution of microRNA genes by inverted duplication of target gene sequences in Arabidopsis thaliana},
  author={E. Allen and Zhixin Xie and Adam M. Gustafson and Gi-Ho Sung and J. Spatafora and J. C. Carrington},
  journal={Nature Genetics},
  • E. Allen, Zhixin Xie, +3 authors J. C. Carrington
  • Published 2004
  • Biology, Medicine
  • Nature Genetics
  • MicroRNAs (miRNAs) in plants and animals function as post-transcriptional regulators of target genes, many of which are involved in multicellular development. miRNAs guide effector complexes to target mRNAs through base-pair complementarity, facilitating site-specific cleavage or translational repression. Biogenesis of miRNAs involves nucleolytic processing of a precursor transcript with extensive foldback structure. Here, we provide evidence that genes encoding miRNAs in plants originated by… CONTINUE READING
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