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Wiley Interdiscip Rev RNA. 2011 Jan-Feb;2(1):22-31. doi: 10.1002/wrna.47. Epub 2010 Sep 20.

Alternative mRNA polyadenylation in eukaryotes: an effective regulator of gene expression.

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Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School, Newark, NJ, USA.


Alternative RNA processing mechanisms, including alternative splicing and alternative polyadenylation, are increasingly recognized as important regulators of gene expression. This article will focus on what has recently been described about alternative polyadenylation in development, differentiation, and disease in higher eukaryotes. We will also describe how the evolving global methodologies for examining the cellular transcriptome, both experimental and bioinformatic, are revealing new details about the complex nature of alternative 3(') end formation as well as interactions with other RNA-mediated and RNA processing mechanisms.

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