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Biological Chemistry

Editor-in-Chief: Brüne, Bernhard

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Volume 392, Issue 4


Regulatory RNAs in cyanobacteria: developmental decisions, stress responses and a plethora of chromosomally encoded cis-antisense RNAs

Jens Georg
  • University of Freiburg, Faculty of Biology and Freiburg Initiative in Systems Biology, Schänzlestr. 1, D-79104 Freiburg, Germany
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  • University of Freiburg, Faculty of Biology and Freiburg Initiative in Systems Biology, Schänzlestr. 1, D-79104 Freiburg, Germany
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Published Online: 2011-07-25 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/bc.2011.046


Cyanobacteria are the only prokaryotes which directly convert solar energy into biomass using oxygenic photosynthesis. Therefore, these bacteria are of interest for the production of biofuels, biotechnology and are of tremendous relevance for primary carbon fixation in many ecosystems. Mechanisms controlling gene expression cannot be understood entirely without information on the numbers and functions of regulatory RNAs. In cyanobacteria, non-coding RNAs have been characterized from simple unicellular species such as Prochlorococcus up to complex species such as Anabaena. Several of these RNAs function in the control of stress responses, photosynthesis, outer cell membrane protein biosynthesis and the differentiation of cells.

Keywords: antisense transcription; differential RNA-seq; gene expression regulation

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Received: 2010-11-12

Accepted: 2011-01-09

Published Online: 2011-07-25

Published in Print: 2011-04-01

Citation Information: Biological Chemistry, Volume 392, Issue 4, Pages 291–297, ISSN (Online) 1437-4315, ISSN (Print) 1431-6730, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/bc.2011.046.

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