Complications in mammalian microRNA target prediction.

Neil R. Smalheiser, Vetle I. Torvik

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In this chapter, we review evidence that at least three different types of microRNA (miRNA)-messenger RNA (mRNA) target interactions exist in mammals: short seeds, long seeds, and "perfect" hits (allowing G:U matches). Because new types of miRNAs are still being discovered, this list may not yet be complete.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)115-127
Number of pages13
JournalMethods in molecular biology (Clifton, N.J.)
StatePublished - 2006
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Molecular Biology
  • Genetics


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