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lncRNA-DNA hybrids regulate distant genes

Mar 4, 2020 | Magazine: EMBO reports

Aina Maria Mas, Maite Huarte


lncRNAs actively regulate gene expression. They contribute to chromosomal interactions at close or distant genomic regions, which, in turn, regulate transcription [1]. Ariel et al [2] reveal in a recent study a new molecular mechanism of the Arabidopsis lncRNA APOLO.

The authors extend previously reported functions of APOLO in cis-regulation of chromosomal looping and transcription of its neighbor gene to a set of distant genes involved in auxin-induced molecular pathways controlling lateral root development. Noteworthy, APOLO recognition of multiple trans-modulated targets occurs through a novel mechanism involving R-loop formation.

CITATION  EMBO Rep. 2020 Mar 4;21(3):e50107. doi: 10.15252/embr.202050107. Epub 2020 Feb 20.