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Biomolecules 2015, 5(3), 1717-1740; doi:10.3390/biom5031717

Pre-mRNA Splicing in Plants: In Vivo Functions of RNA-Binding Proteins Implicated in the Splicing Process

Department of Molecular Cell Physiology, Faculty of Biology, Bielefeld University, D-33615 Bielefeld, Germany
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Academic Editor: André P. Gerber
Received: 29 May 2015 / Revised: 16 July 2015 / Accepted: 20 July 2015 / Published: 24 July 2015
(This article belongs to the Special Issue RNA-Binding Proteins—Structure, Function, Networks and Disease)
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Alternative pre-messenger RNA splicing in higher plants emerges as an important layer of regulation upon exposure to exogenous and endogenous cues. Accordingly, mutants defective in RNA-binding proteins predicted to function in the splicing process show severe phenotypic alterations. Among those are developmental defects, impaired responses to pathogen threat or abiotic stress factors, and misregulation of the circadian timing system. A suite of splicing factors has been identified in the model plant Arabidopsis thaliana. Here we summarize recent insights on how defects in these splicing factors impair plant performance. View Full-Text
Keywords: Arabidopsis; splicing; RNA-binding protein Arabidopsis; splicing; RNA-binding protein
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Meyer, K.; Koester, T.; Staiger, D. Pre-mRNA Splicing in Plants: In Vivo Functions of RNA-Binding Proteins Implicated in the Splicing Process. Biomolecules 2015, 5, 1717-1740.

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