IMR Press / FBL / Volume 12 / Issue 10 / DOI: 10.2741/2364

Frontiers in Bioscience-Landmark (FBL) is published by IMR Press from Volume 26 Issue 5 (2021). Previous articles were published by another publisher on a subscription basis, and they are hosted by IMR Press on as a courtesy and upon agreement with Frontiers in Bioscience.

The functions of microRNAs in plants
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1 College of Agronomy and Biotechnology, China Agricultural University, Beijing 100094, China
2 Henan Institute of Science and Technology, Xinxiang, Henan 453003, China
Academic Editor:Baohong Zhang
Front. Biosci. (Landmark Ed) 2007, 12(10), 3975–3982;
Published: 1 May 2007
(This article belongs to the Special Issue MicroRNAs: biogenesis, genomics, mechanism, and function)

MicroRNAs (miRNAs) are a class of small regulatory RNAs, which repress gene expression at the posttranscriptional levels through binding to target mRNAs for directly cleaving mRNAs or inhibiting protein translation. Mature miRNAs are produced from miRNA genes by multiple biological processes, in which several important enzymes are involved in. To date, several hundreds of miRNAs have been identified in plants using a various computational and/or experimental approaches. These miRNAs regulate plant tissue differentiation, development and growth, control auxin signal transduction, involve in plant response to a variety of abiotic and biotic environmental stresses.

Gene Regulation
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