mRNA Traffic Control Reviewed: N6-Methyladenosine (m6 A) Takes the Driver’s Seat.

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mRNA Traffic Control Reviewed: N6-Methyladenosine (m6 A) Takes the Driver’s Seat.

Bioessays. 2017 Dec 04;:

Authors: Visvanathan A, Somasundaram K

Abstract
Messenger RNA is a flexible tool box that plays a key role in the dynamic regulation of gene expression. RNA modifications variegate the message conveyed by the mRNA. Similar to DNA and histone modifications, mRNA modifications are reversible and play a key role in the regulation of molecular events. Our understanding about the landscape of RNA modifications is still rudimentary in contrast to DNA and histone modifications. The major obstacle has been the lack of sensitive detection methods since they are non-editing events. However, with the advent of next-generation sequencing techniques, RNA modifications are being identified precisely at single nucleotide resolution. In recent years, methylation at the N6 position of adenine (m6 A) has gained the attention of RNA biologists. The m6 A modification has a set of writers (methylases), erasers (demethylases), and readers. Here, we provide a summary of interesting facts, conflicting findings, and recent advances in the technical and functional aspects of the m6 A epitranscriptome.

PMID: 29205437 [PubMed – as supplied by publisher]

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