Functional complexity and regulation through RNA dynamics.

Journal Article (Journal Article;Review)

Changes to the conformation of coding and non-coding RNAs form the basis of elements of genetic regulation and provide an important source of complexity, which drives many of the fundamental processes of life. Although the structure of RNA is highly flexible, the underlying dynamics of RNA are robust and are limited to transitions between the few conformations that preserve favourable base-pairing and stacking interactions. The mechanisms by which cellular processes harness the intrinsic dynamic behaviour of RNA and use it within functionally productive pathways are complex. The versatile functions and ease by which it is integrated into a wide variety of genetic circuits and biochemical pathways suggests there is a general and fundamental role for RNA dynamics in cellular processes.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Dethoff, EA; Chugh, J; Mustoe, AM; Al-Hashimi, HM

Published Date

  • February 15, 2012

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 482 / 7385

Start / End Page

  • 322 - 330

PubMed ID

  • 22337051

Pubmed Central ID

  • PMC3320162

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1476-4687

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1038/nature10885


  • eng

Conference Location

  • England