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RNA interference is essential for cellular quiescence

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Science  11 Nov 2016:
Vol. 354, Issue 6313, aah5651
DOI: 10.1126/science.aah5651

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  • RE: Non-coding RNAs regulate quiescence: plays major role in stress tolerance of plants
    • Jeshima K Yasin, Scientist, Division of Genomic Resources, ICAR-NBPGR, New Delhi, India 110012
    • Other Contributors:
      • Sakshi Chaudhary, Graduate, Division of Genomic Resources, ICAR-NBPGR, New Delhi, India 110012

    Non-coding RNAs regulate quiescence: plays major role in stress tolerance of plants
    Jeshima Khan Yasin and Sakshi Chaudhary
    DGR lab-2, ICAR-NBPGR, Division of Genomic Resources, New Delhi, India- 110012
    Yasin.Jeshima@icar.gov.in

    Grain legumes or pulses play an important role in time-honored protein supplementing diets of universal population as excellent sources of low fat quality protein, dietary fibre, a variety of micronutrients and phytochemicals. In spite of all these gains, many such important species are not considered for key research aspects including the option being model crops. Hence, imperative mechanisms leading to breakthrough findings never been reported in crop plants. Major cellular events including quiescence were left uncared in crop plants similar to the one discovered by Roche et al (1) through RNAi unless occurred through serendipity, but not palatable if reported. We demonstrated quiescence in plants as an alternative stress tolerance mechanism to overcome deficit moisture stress and soil pH stress in horsegram (Macrotyloma uniflorum), redgram (Cajanus cajan) and abiotic stress tolerance of soybean through structural compaction as energy conservation mechanism being regulated by ncRNAs (2,3,4,5). The major genes identified as stress tolerance responsible genes are being regulated by a set of ncRNAs viz., miRs, lncRNAs and lincRNAs(6,7,8). Apart from mapping of loci we could ide...

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