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Extremophiles. 2012 Sep;16(5):685-96. doi: 10.1007/s00792-012-0469-5. Epub 2012 Jul 5.

Small RNAs for defence and regulation in archaea.

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Biologie II, Ulm University, Albert-Einstein-Allee 11, 89069 Ulm, Germany.

Abstract

Non-coding RNAs are key players in many cellular processes within organisms from all three domains of life. The range and diversity of small RNA functions beyond their involvement in translation and RNA processing was first recognized for eukaryotes and bacteria. Since then, small RNAs were also found to be abundant in archaea. Their functions include the regulation of gene expression and the establishment of immunity against invading mobile genetic elements. This review summarizes our current knowledge about small RNAs used for regulation and defence in archaea.

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22763819
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PMC3432209
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10.1007/s00792-012-0469-5
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