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mRNA Splicing: Role of snRNAs

  1. Richard A Padgett

Published Online: 23 SEP 2005

DOI: 10.1038/npg.els.0003833



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Padgett, R. A. 2005. mRNA Splicing: Role of snRNAs. eLS. .

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  1. Cleveland Clinic Foundation, Cleveland, Ohio, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 23 SEP 2005

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Many small nuclear ribonucleic acids (snRNAs) of eukaryotic cells are involved in the maturation of primary transcripts of messenger RNAs (mRNAs). Certain snRNAs are involved in the formation and function of the spliceosome, a large ribonucleoprotein structure in which pre-mRNA splicing takes place.


  • pre-mRNA splicing;
  • ribonucleoproteins;
  • spliceosome