mRNA Splicing: Regulated and Differential
Published Online: 22 MAR 2002
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Cooper, T. A. 2002. mRNA Splicing: Regulated and Differential. eLS.
- Published Online: 22 MAR 2002
Alternative splicing is the process by which single genes express multiple messenger RNAs (mRNAs), and therefore multiple proteins, by differential processing of the primary transcript (pre-mRNA). The temporal and spatial regulation of protein expression by alternative splicing is determinative for such diverse biological processes as gender specification in Drosophila, commitment to apoptosis, and sound frequency recognition of individual hair cells in the avian cochlea.
- alternative splicing;
- cell-specific regulation