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Curr Opin Genet Dev. 2002 Apr;12(2):225-32.

RNAi: nature abhors a double-strand.

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Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Pharmacology, University of Massachusetts Medical School, 55 Lake Avenue North, Worcester, Massachusetts 01655, USA.

Abstract

In organisms as diverse as nematodes, trypanosomes, plants, and fungi, double-stranded RNA triggers the destruction of homologous mRNAs, a phenomenon known as RNA interference. RNA interference begins with the transformation of the double-stranded RNA into small RNAs that then guide a protein nuclease to destroy their mRNA targets.

PMID:
11893497
DOI:
10.1016/s0959-437x(02)00290-3
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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