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lncRNA researcher at Stanford Medicine named Outstanding Investigator by the National Cancer Institute

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The National Cancer Institute has named professor of dermatology HOWARD CHANG, MD as a recipient of the institute’s Outstanding Investigator Awards for 2016. Howard Chang The awards provide funding to investigators with outstanding records of productivity in cancer research. Recipients receive up to $600,000 each year for seven years to pursue or extend research projects of unusual potential. “This is a ...

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Translating the ribosome’s grim role

A large number of long noncoding RNAs (lncRNA) have been found associating with the ribosome, the protein-making machinery in the cytoplasm. What the so-called ‘noncoding’ RNAs are doing on the ribosome, whose main job is to translate RNA into protein, has puzzled the A*STAR researchers who discovered them. The answer could be macabre, suggest cell biologist, Leah Vardy, at the ...

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Linking lncRNA to autoimmune diseases

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News Medical Life Sciences – An interview with Dr. Chase Spurlock, CEO, IQuity, conducted by April Cashin-Garbutt, MA (Cantab) What are long non-coding RNAs (lncRNAs) and how do they differ from messenger RNAs (mRNAs)? Well, the central dogma of biology states that DNA makes RNA and RNA makes proteins. However, there are many different types of RNAs, and only one ...

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Dietary anti-cancer compound may work by influence over lncRNAs

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Researchers have discovered one of the reasons why broccoli may be good for your health.  They found that sulforaphane, a dietary compound from broccoli that’s known to help prevent prostate cancer, may work through its influence on long, non-coding RNAs. This is another step forward in a compelling new area of study on the underlying genetics of cancer development and ...

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Targeting lncRNA to reduce heart failure in pulmonary hypertension

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An article published in Experimental Biology and Medicine identifies a new signaling pathway that promotes heart failure in pulmonary hypertension.  The study, led by Dr. Matthias Brock, from the Division of Pulmonology, University Hospital of Zurich, University of Zurich in Switzerland, reports that inhibition of MALAT1, a long noncoding RNA, reduces heart hypertrophy in mice with pulmonary hypertension. Pulmonary hypertension ...

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Comprehensive Atlas of Long Noncoding RNAs Yields Surprising New Role

The FANTOM5 project reports nearly 20,000 functional lncRNAs in human Genetic Engineering News – The Central Dogma of molecular biology states that DNA encodes RNA, RNA encodes protein. While this process is certainly true for the vast majority gene regulatory functions, in recent years, scientists have discovered that this is by no means an exclusive process. In fact, studies examining ...

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New tool predicts the interaction of proteins and RNA

CRG Researchers developed Global Score, a method that allows, for the first time, to predict protein interactions with long non-coding RNAs. This algorithm helps scientists prioritize binding partners for experimental validation, which will contribute to our understanding of the role of long non-coding RNAs in normal cell function and in disease. Far from just reading the information contained in the ...

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Researchers at Imperial College London have found that so-called ‘junk DNA’ could play a role in diabetes

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The human genome is enormous, containing billions of ‘letters’ of genetic code. But among the thousands of genes which code for vital proteins, hidden in plain sight are much vaster chunks of non-coding junk DNA, previously thought to have no function. Shining the spotlight on these dark, unexplored regions of the genome, an international team led by scientists at Imperial ...

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CRISPR-Mediated Interference (CRISPRi) of Long Non-Coding RNA (lncRNA)

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by Jerry Zon More Methodology from CRISPR Mania lncRNA Function Blocked by CRISPRi Mysteries of lncRNA Can Now be Deciphered by CRISPRi This blog is about yet another example of a powerful new methodology spawned by intense scientific interest in using CRISPR-related technologies. This near mania for all things CRISPR is reflected by there being ~5,000 (!) publications already in ...

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A “coding” long non-coding RNA

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from Genetic Engineering News Although long noncoding RNAs (lncRNAs) are by definition noncoding, they are known to encode disproportionately short molecules—mere polypeptides, not proteins. Whether these polypeptides matter very much is another question. They could represent nothing more than transcriptional noise, or they could be—as a new study suggests—functionally relevant. In the new study, scientists based at Beth Israel Deaconess ...

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