The sense of naturally transcribed antisense RNAs in plants.

Naturally occurring antisense transcripts are well documented in mammals and prokaryotes but little is known about their existence and effects in plants. Generally, antisense RNAs are believed to control gene expression negatively by annealing to the complementary sequences of the sense transcript. The resulting double-stranded RNAs are thought either to affect RNA stability, transcription and/or translation directly, or to generate a signal for gene silencing and defense against viruses.

Terryn, N., Rouzé, P. (2000) The sense of naturally transcribed antisense RNAs in plants. Trends Plant Science 5(9):394-6.









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