Tag Archives: long non-coding RNA

Long Non-coding RNA GAS5 Functions as a Tumor Suppressor in Renal Cell Carcinoma

Renal cell carcinoma (RCC) is a malignancy with a poor prognosis. Researchers at the Medical College of Soochow University, China  aimed to explore whether the expression of Long Non-Coding RNA (LncRNA) growth arrest-specific transcript 5 (GAS5) is associated with RCC genesis. They selected twelve clinical samples diagnosed for renal clear cell carcinoma and found that the LncRNA GAS5 transcript levels ...

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Featured long non-coding RNA – Gomafu


Schizophrenia (SZ) is a complex disease characterized by impaired neuronal functioning. Although defective alternative splicing has been linked to SZ, the molecular mechanisms responsible are unknown. Additionally, there is limited understanding of the early transcriptomic responses to neuronal activation. Here, researchers from the University of Queensland, Australia profile these transcriptomic responses and show that long non-coding RNAs (lncRNAs) are dynamically ...

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X-inactivation, imprinting, and long noncoding RNAs in health and disease

X chromosome inactivation and genomic imprinting are classic epigenetic processes that cause disease when not appropriately regulated in mammals. Whereas X chromosome inactivation evolved to solve the problem of gene dosage, the purpose of genomic imprinting remains controversial. Nevertheless, the two phenomena are united by allelic control of large gene clusters, such that only one copy of a gene is ...

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Cedric Notredame: “We want to understand under what pressure evolves long noncoding RNA”

According to the ENCODE‘s latest update in the human genome there are about 10,000 long sequences of RNA that do not code for any protein. Cedric Notredame’s lab at the Center for genomic Regulation (CRG) tries to detect these molecules not only in humans but also in other species to understand their functionality. Cedric Notredame explained his research at a ...

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Featured long non-coding RNA – Llme23

Several lines of evidence support the notion that increased RNA-binding ability of polypyrimidine tract-binding (PTB) protein-associated splicing factor (PSF) and aberrant expression of long non-coding RNAs (lncRNAs) are associated with mouse and human tumors. To identify the PSF-binding lncRNA involved in human oncogenesis, researchers at Sichuan University, China screened a nuclear RNA repertoire of human melanoma cell line, YUSAC, through ...

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The role of long non-coding RNA in transcriptional gene silencing

Transcriptional gene silencing controls the activity of transposable elements and expression of protein-coding genes. It requires non-coding transcription, which in plants is performed by RNA Polymerases IV and V (Pol IV and Pol V). Pol IV produces precursors for siRNA biogenesis while Pol V produces scaffold transcripts required for siRNAs and associated proteins to recognize their target loci. In this ...

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Advances in understanding chromosome silencing by the long non-coding RNA Xist

In female mammals, one of the two X chromosomes becomes genetically silenced to compensate for dosage imbalance of X-linked genes between XX females and XY males. X chromosome inactivation (X-inactivation) is a classical model for epigenetic gene regulation in mammals and has been studied for half a century. In the last two decades, efforts have been focused on the X ...

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Dysregulation of the long non-coding RNA transcriptome in a Rett syndrome mouse model

Mecp2 is a transcriptional repressor protein that is mutated in Rett syndrome, a neurodevelopmental disorder that is the second most common cause of mental retardation in women. It has been shown that the loss of the Mecp2 protein in Rett syndrome cells alters the transcriptional silencing of coding genes and microRNAs. Here researchers from the Bellvitge Biomedical Research Institute (IDIBELL), ...

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Long non-coding RNA Xist is a potent suppressor of hematologic cancer


X chromosome aneuploidies have long been associated with human cancers, but causality has not been established. In mammals, X chromosome inactivation (XCI) is triggered by Xist RNA to equalize gene expression between the sexes. Here, researchers from Massachusetts General Hospital delete Xist in the blood compartment of mice and demonstrate that mutant females develop a highly aggressive myeloproliferative neoplasm and ...

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Epigenetic Upregulation of lncRNAs at 13q14.3 in Leukemia Is Linked to the In Cis Downregulation of a Gene Cluster That Targets NF-kB


Non-coding RNAs are much more common than previously thought. However, for the vast majority of non-coding RNAs, the cellular function remains enigmatic. The two long non-coding RNA (lncRNA) genes DLEU1 and DLEU2 map to a critical region at chromosomal band 13q14.3 that is recurrently deleted in solid tumors and hematopoietic malignancies like chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL). While no point mutations ...

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