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Cell. 2002 Apr 19;109(2):141-4.

Small RNAs in bacteria: diverse regulators of gene expression in response to environmental changes.

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  • 1Department of Bacteriology, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1550 Linden Drive, Madison, WI 53706, USA.


Bacterial small, untranslated RNAs are important regulators that often act to transmit environmental signals when cells encounter suboptimal or stressful growth conditions. These RNAs help modulate changes in cellular metabolism to optimize utilization of available nutrients and improve the probability for survival.

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