Regulation of physiological processes by microRNAs in insects.

  title={Regulation of physiological processes by microRNAs in insects.},
  author={Keira J. Lucas and Bo Zhao and Shiping Liu and Alexander S. Raikhel},
  journal={Current opinion in insect science},
MicroRNAs (miRNAs) are small non-coding RNAs that function in gene regulatory processes in plants and animals by targeting sites within messenger RNA. In insects, miRNAs have been shown to regulate a variety of physiological processes throughout insect development, including molting, metamorphosis, oogenesis, embryogenesis, behavior and host-pathogen interactions. The roles of miRNAs in the model organism, Drosophila melanogaster, have been studied extensively due to the conserved nature of… CONTINUE READING
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