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Biology (Basel). 2013 Jul 9;2(3):976-1033. doi: 10.3390/biology2030976.

The role of nuclear bodies in gene expression and disease.

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Department of Medical Genetics, Child & Family Research Institute, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC V5Z 4H4, Canada.


This review summarizes the current understanding of the role of nuclear bodies in regulating gene expression. The compartmentalization of cellular processes, such as ribosome biogenesis, RNA processing, cellular response to stress, transcription, modification and assembly of spliceosomal snRNPs, histone gene synthesis and nuclear RNA retention, has significant implications for gene regulation. These functional nuclear domains include the nucleolus, nuclear speckle, nuclear stress body, transcription factory, Cajal body, Gemini of Cajal body, histone locus body and paraspeckle. We herein review the roles of nuclear bodies in regulating gene expression and their relation to human health and disease.


gene expression; genome organization; nuclear bodies; transcription

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