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Int. J. Mol. Sci. 2015, 16(10), 24532-24554; doi:10.3390/ijms161024532

Small RNAs in Plant Responses to Abiotic Stresses: Regulatory Roles and Study Methods

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Center for Soybean Research of State Key Laboratory of Agrobiotechnology and School of Life Sciences, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Shatin, Hong Kong
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Department of Computer Science, The University of Hong Kong, Pokfulam, Hong Kong
These authors contributed equally to this work.
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Academic Editor: Jianhua Zhu
Received: 30 July 2015 / Revised: 21 September 2015 / Accepted: 8 October 2015 / Published: 15 October 2015
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Plant Molecular Biology)
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Abstract

To survive under abiotic stresses in the environment, plants trigger a reprogramming of gene expression, by transcriptional regulation or translational regulation, to turn on protective mechanisms. The current focus of research on how plants cope with abiotic stresses has transitioned from transcriptomic analyses to small RNA investigations. In this review, we have summarized and evaluated the current methodologies used in the identification and validation of small RNAs and their targets, in the context of plant responses to abiotic stresses. View Full-Text
Keywords: abiotic stress; bioinformatics; microRNA; small RNA; transcriptional regulation abiotic stress; bioinformatics; microRNA; small RNA; transcriptional regulation
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Ku, Y.-S.; Wong, J.W.-H.; Mui, Z.; Liu, X.; Hui, J.H.-L.; Chan, T.-F.; Lam, H.-M. Small RNAs in Plant Responses to Abiotic Stresses: Regulatory Roles and Study Methods. Int. J. Mol. Sci. 2015, 16, 24532-24554.

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