RNA silencing in plants

A. Eamens, S. J. Curtin, P. M. Waterhouse

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RNA silencing-related mechanisms have been documented in almost all living organisms and RNA silencing is now used as board term to describe the vast array of related processes involving RNA-RNA, RNA-DNA, RNA-protein or protein-protein interactions that ultimately result in the repression of gene expression. In plants, the parallel RNA silencing pathways have evolved to extraordinary levels of complexity and diversity, playing crucial roles in providing protection against invading nucleic acids derived from viruses or replicating transposons, controlling chromatin modifications as well as regulating endogenous gene expression to ensure normal plant growth and development. The aims of this chapter are (1) to provide an overview of the initial curious observations of RNA silencing-related phenomena in plants, (2) to outline the parallel gene silencing pathways of plants, and (3) to discuss current applications of RNA silencing technologies to not only study but also modify plant development.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationPlant Developmental Biology
PublisherSpringer Berlin Heidelberg
Number of pages18
ISBN (Print)9783642046698
StatePublished - 2010


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