Alternative splicing of introns and the diversification of transcriptional output

A paradigm to test the functionality of non-protein-coding genomic regions

Bifunctional RNA



Introns represent almost half of the human genome, although their vast majority is eliminated from eukaryotic transcripts through RNA splicing. Yet, important information is embedded within introns, the most remarkable being the release of different classes of small regulatory ncRNAs directly from splicing. In addition, we showed that their excision or retention, depending on cellular context, contributes to the diversification of the information carried by genes by producing functional RNAs instead of a protein-coding mRNA.
Hence, alternative splicing is a versatile developmental switch that provides plasticity to eukaryotic genomes transcriptional output, increasing not only proteome but also transcriptome diversity.

We explore alternative splicing of introns as a mechanism to fine-tune the production of long and short intron-derived regulatory ncRNAs (that we termed SID) during normal and pathological muscle differentiation where splicing is impaired like in Myotonic Dystrophy type 1, through bioinformatics predictions, high-throughput RNA sequencing and functional validation in model systems.


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