MicroRNAs: key gene regulators with versatile functions

MicroRNAs: key gene regulators with versatile functions Plant Mol Biol (2012) 80:1 DOI 10.1007/s11103-012-9947-5 PREF ACE Luca Comai Baohong Zhang Published online: 24 July 2012 Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 2012 MicroRNAs (miRNAs) are a recently discovered class of functions as well as the status of art in moss, wheat and tree small endogenous RNAs, which negatively regulate gene microRNA. The research articles address miRNA functions expression at the post-transcriptional levels. Since their in male gametophyte development, the interaction between discovery in 2002, plant miRNAs have been recognized as miRNAs and trans-acting RNAs, and the potential of pre- one of the most important gene regulators. Multiple evi- miRNA 159a to encode a second mature miRNAs with dences indicate that miRNAs play an important role in differentially expressed pattern. The software paper pre- almost all plant cellular and metabolic processes, including sents a comprehensive software packages for identifying developmental timing, signal transduction, cell mainte- and functionally analyzing miRNAs from deep sequencing nance and differentiation as well as response to biotic and datasets. abiotic stresses. Therefore, microRNA-related research has We greatly appreciate the contribution of all authors and become one of the hottest areas in plant biology. manuscript reviewers; they are all experts in this field. We This special issue is dedicated to the rapidly expanding also truly appreciate the support and help of the Editor-in- research field on small RNAs, particularly on miRNAs and Chief and the Editorial Office staff of Plant Molecular it features five review papers, three research articles and Biology. Without their support, this specific issue could not also one software paper. The review paper focuses on the have been possible. different aspects of miRNA conservation, divergence, and L. Comai Plant Biology and Genome Center, University of California, Davis, 451 Health Sciences Drive, Davis, CA 95616, USA e-mail: lcomai@ucdavis.edu B. Zhang (&) Department of Biology, East Carolina University, Greenville, NC 27858, USA e-mail: zhangb@ecu.edu http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Plant Molecular Biology Springer Journals

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