Identification and function of long non-coding RNA

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Title: Identification and function of long non-coding RNA
Author: Ernst, Carl; Morton, Cynthia C.

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Citation: Ernst, Carl, and Cynthia C. Morton. 2013. “Identification and function of long non-coding RNA.” Frontiers in Cellular Neuroscience 7 (1): 168. doi:10.3389/fncel.2013.00168.
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Abstract: Long non-coding (lnc) RNAs are defined as non-protein coding RNAs distinct from housekeeping RNAs such as tRNAs, rRNAs, and snRNAs, and independent from small RNAs with specific molecular processing machinery such as micro- or piwi-RNAs. Recent studies of lncRNAs across different species have revealed a diverse population of RNA molecules of differing size and function. RNA sequencing studies suggest transcription throughout the genome, so there is a need to understand how sequence relates to functional and structural relationships amongst RNA molecules. Our synthesis of recent studies suggests that neither size, presence of a poly-A tail, splicing, direction of transcription, nor strand specificity are of importance to lncRNA function. Rather, relative genomic position in relation to a target is fundamentally important. In this review, we describe issues of key importance in functional assessment of lncRNA and how this might apply to lncRNAs important in neurodevelopment.
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