Eukaryotic regulatory RNAs: An answer to the 'genome complexity' conundrum

Kannanganattu V. Prasanth, David L. Spector

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A large portion of the eukaryotic genome is transcribed as noncoding RNAs (ncRNAs). While once thought of primarily as "junk," recent studies indicate that a large number of these RNAs play central roles in regulating gene expression at multiple levels. The increasing diversity of ncRNAs identified in the eukaryotic genome suggests a critical nexus between the regulatory potential of ncRNAs and the complexity of genome organization. We provide an overview of recent advances in the identification and function of eukaryotic ncRNAs and the roles played by these RNAs in chromatin organization, gene expression, and disease etiology.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)11-42
Number of pages32
JournalGenes and Development
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 2007
Externally publishedYes


  • Disease
  • Intergenic transcripts
  • Noncoding RNA
  • Nuclear regulatory RNAs
  • RNA

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Genetics
  • Developmental Biology


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