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MicroRNAs (miRNAs) are small non-coding RNAs that are generated in all eukaryotes and viruses. Their role as master regulators of gene expression in various biological processes has only been fully appreciated over the last decade. Accumulating evidence suggests that alterations in the expression of miRNAs may lead to disorders, including developmental defects, diseases and cancer. Here, I review what is currently known about miRNA functions in insects to provide an insight into their diverse roles in insect biology. Copyright © 2012 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.


Sassan Asgari. MicroRNA functions in insects. Insect biochemistry and molecular biology. 2013 Apr;43(4):388-97

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