Alternative splicing in plants-coming of age

Naeem Hasan-Syed, Maria Kalyna, Yamile Marquez, Andrea Barta, John W S Brown

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    Abstract

    More than 60% of intron-containing genes undergo alternative splicing (AS) in plants. This number will increase when AS in different tissues, developmental stages, and environmental conditions are explored. Although the functional impact of AS on protein complexity is still understudied in plants, recent examples demonstrate its importance in regulating plant processes. AS also regulates transcript levels and the link with nonsense-mediated decay and generation of unproductive mRNAs illustrate the need for both transcriptional and AS data in gene expression analyses. AS has influenced the evolution of the complex networks of regulation of gene expression and variation in AS contributed to adaptation of plants to their environment and therefore will impact strategies for improving plant and crop phenotypes.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)616-623
    Number of pages8
    JournalTrends in Plant Science
    Volume17
    Issue number10
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2012

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