Cells Use Anti-Sense RNA to Boost Gene Expression

Research team at Göttingen University discovers important function of antisense non-coding RNA

The function of non-coding RNA in the cell has long been a mystery to researchers. Unlike coding RNA, non-coding RNA does not produce proteins – yet it exists in large quantities. A research team from the University of Göttingen in Germany has now discovered an important function of antisense RNA (asRNA): the researchers found that asRNA acts as a "superhighway" in cell transport and thus accelerates gene expression. The results were published June 19, 2024 in Nature. The open-access article is titled “dsRNA Formation Leads to Preferential Nuclear Export and Gene Expression.”
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