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Mol Cell. 2004 Oct 8;16(1):69-79.

Endogenous trans-acting siRNAs regulate the accumulation of Arabidopsis mRNAs.

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  • 1Laboratoire de physiologie de la différenciation végétale, UPRES-EA3569, IFR118, EPT1016, Université des Sciences et Technologies de Lille, Bât. SN2, cité scientifique, 59650 Villeneuve d'Ascq Cedex, France.

Abstract

Here we describe a set of endogenous short interfering RNAs (siRNAs) in Arabidopsis, some of which direct the cleavage of endogenous mRNAs. These siRNAs correspond to both sense and antisense strands of a noncoding RNA (At2g27400) that apparently is converted to double-stranded RNA and then processed in 21 nt increments. These siRNAs differ from previously described regulatory small RNAs in two respects. First, they require components of the cosuppression pathway (RDR6 and SGS3) and also components of the microRNA (miRNA) pathway (AGO1, DCL1, HEN1, and HYL1) but not components needed for heterochromatic siRNAs (DCL3 and RDR2), another class of endogenous plant siRNAs. Second, these siRNAs repress the expression of genes that have little overall resemblance to the genes from which they originate, a characteristic previously reported only for miRNAs. The identification of this silencing pathway provides yet another dimension to posttranscriptional mRNA regulation in plants.

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