Extracellular nucleic acids

  title={Extracellular nucleic acids},
  author={V. Vlassov and P. Laktionov and E. Rykova},
  • V. Vlassov, P. Laktionov, E. Rykova
  • Published 2007
  • Medicine, Biology
  • BioEssays
  • Extracellular nucleic acids are found in different biological fluids in the organism and in the environment: DNA is a ubiquitous component of the organic matter pool in the soil and in all marine and freshwater habitats. Data from recent studies strongly suggest that extracellular DNA and RNA play important biological roles in microbial communities and in higher organisms. DNA is an important component of bacterial biofilms and is involved in horizontal gene transfer. In recent years, the… CONTINUE READING
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