RRC ID 57258
Author Iftikhar H, Schultzhaus JN, Bennett CJ, Carney GE.
Title The in vivo genetic toolkit for studying expression and functions of Drosophila melanogaster microRNAs.
Journal RNA Biol
Abstract Since the initial reports that a group of small RNAs, now known as microRNAs (miRNAs), regulates gene expression without being translated into proteins, there has been an explosion of studies on these important expression modulators. Drosophila melanogaster has proven to be one of the most amenable animal models for investigations of miRNA biogenesis and gene regulatory activities. Here, we highlight the publicly available genetic tools and strategies for in vivo functional studies of miRNA activity in D. melanogaster. By coupling genetic approaches using available strain libraries with technologies for miRNA expression analysis and target and pathway prediction, researchers' ability to test functional activities of miRNAs in vivo is now greatly enhanced. We also comment on the tools that need to be developed to aid in comprehensive evaluation of Drosophila miRNA activities that impact traits of interest.
Volume 14(2)
Pages 179-187
Published 2017-2
DOI 10.1080/15476286.2016.1272748
PMID 28010188
PMC PMC5324739
MeSH Animals Computational Biology / methods Drosophila melanogaster / genetics* Gene Expression Regulation* Gene Regulatory Networks Genetic Association Studies / methods* Genomics / methods Internet MicroRNAs / genetics* Mutation RNA Interference Software
IF 5.477
Times Cited 1