Non-coding RNAs in the development and pathogenesis of eukaryotic microbes


RNA has long been regarded as the important intermediary in the central dogma of gene expression. Recently, the importance of RNAs in the regulation of gene expression became evident with the identification and characterization of non-protein coding transcripts named non-coding RNAs (ncRNAs). The ncRNAs, small and long, are ubiquitously present in all three domains of life and are being recognized for their important roles in genome defense and development. Some of the ncRNAs have been associated with diseases, and therefore, they offer diagnostic and therapeutic potential. In this mini-review, we have highlighted some recent research on the ncRNAs identified in eukaryotic microbes, with special emphasis on fungi that are pathogenic to humans or plants when possible. It is our contention that further elucidation and understanding of ncRNAs will advance our understanding of the development and pathogenesis of eukaryotic microbes and offer alternatives in the diagnosis and treatment of the diseases caused by these pathogens.

DOI: 10.1007/s00253-013-5160-y

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@article{Chacko2013NoncodingRI, title={Non-coding RNAs in the development and pathogenesis of eukaryotic microbes}, author={Nadia Chacko and Xiaorong Lin}, journal={Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology}, year={2013}, volume={97}, pages={7989-7997} }