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RNA commutes to work: regulation of plant gene expression by systemically transported RNA molecules
Article first published online: 29 NOV 2001
Copyright © 2001 John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
Volume 23, Issue 12, pages 1087–1090, December 2001
How to Cite
Ueki, S. and Citovsky, V. (2001), RNA commutes to work: regulation of plant gene expression by systemically transported RNA molecules. Bioessays, 23: 1087–1090. doi: 10.1002/bies.10027
- Issue published online: 29 NOV 2001
- Article first published online: 29 NOV 2001
- National Institutes of Health
- National Science Foundation Functional Genomic Initiative
- US Department of Agriculture
- US–Israel Binational Science Foundation (BSF)
- US–Israel Binational Research and Development Fund (BARD) to V.C.
Although long-distance movement of endogenous mRNAs in plants is well established, the functional contributions of these transported RNA molecules has remained unclear. In a recent report, Kim et al.2001 showed that systemically transported mRNA is capable of causing phenotypic change in developing tissue. Here, this finding and its significance are reviewed and discussed in detail. In addition, in order to give proper perspective, long-distance transport of other types of RNAs, e.g., RNA elicitors of post-transcriptional gene silencing and RNA genomes of plant viruses, and its possible regulation are discussed. BioEssays 23:1087–1090, 2001. © 2001 John Wiley & Sons, Inc.