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Messenger RNA in Prokaryotes

  1. Sidney R Kushner

Published Online: 11 MAR 2004

DOI: 10.1038/npg.els.0003831



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Kushner, S. R. 2004. Messenger RNA in Prokaryotes. eLS. .

Author Information

  1. University of Georgia, Athens, Georgia, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 11 MAR 2004

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Messenger RNAs (mRNAs) are molecules that represent the intermediate step in converting the genetic information carried in a cell's DNA to functional proteins. Structural features of mRNAs control both how effectively their contained data are translated into functional proteins and how rapidly they are destroyed.


  • transcription;
  • translation;
  • ribonucleases;
  • polyadenylation;
  • decay