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Messenger RNA in Eukaryotes

  1. Göran Akusjärvi1,
  2. Jan-Peter Kreivi1,
  3. Svend Petersen-Mahrt2

Published Online: 21 DEC 2007

DOI: 10.1002/9780470015902.a0000875.pub2



How to Cite

Akusjärvi, G., Kreivi, J.-P. and Petersen-Mahrt, S. 2007. Messenger RNA in Eukaryotes. eLS. .

Author Information

  1. 1

    University of Uppsala, Uppsala, Sweden

  2. 2

    London Research Institute, London, UK

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 21 DEC 2007


Posttranscriptional regulation of gene expression represents an important level at which eukaryotes can expand the coding capacity of their genomes. The concept that one gene makes one protein does not apply to higher eukaryotes. Thus, a eukaryotic cell can use alternative ribonucleic acid (RNA) splicing, alternative polyadenylation and RNA editing to produce hundreds or even several thousands of protein isoforms from a single gene.


  • mRNA;
  • splicing;
  • polyadenylation;
  • snRNP;
  • hnRNP