Published Online: 23 SEP 2005
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How to Cite
Hodges, A. K. 2005. Posttranscriptional Processing. eLS. .
- Published Online: 23 SEP 2005
Messenger ribonucleic acid (mRNA) is an intermediate template in the process of protein production from a deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) template. It offers the cell the means to control the production and destination of proteins in a complex, timely and transient way, and increases greatly the potential variation of protein isoforms. The number of molecules of any one mRNA species in a mammalian cell can vary from less than 1 to as many as 10000. In human cells, an average of about six copies of each mRNA are present per cell.
- mRNA splicing;
- mRNA alternative splicing;
- mRNA editing;
- mRNA stability;
- mRNA transport;
- alternative polyadenylation site usage