Messenger RNA in Eukaryotes
Published Online: 21 DEC 2007
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Akusjärvi, G., Kreivi, J.-P. and Petersen-Mahrt, S. 2007. Messenger RNA in Eukaryotes. eLS. .
- 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.