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Beyond the proteome: non-coding regulatory RNAs

Maciej Szymański and Jan Barciszewski*

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Institute of Bioorganic Chemistry, Polish Academy of Sciences, Noskowskiego 12/14, 61-704 Poznań, Poland

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Genome Biology 2002, 3:reviews0005-reviews0005.8  doi:10.1186/gb-2002-3-5-reviews0005

Published: 15 April 2002


A variety of RNA molecules have been found over the last 20 years to have a remarkable range of functions beyond the well-known roles of messenger, ribosomal and transfer RNAs. Here, we present a general categorization of all non-coding RNAs and briefly discuss the ones that affect transcription, translation and protein function.