Chromosome Research

, Volume 21, Issue 6–7, pp 685–693 | Cite as

Epigenetic regulation by long noncoding RNAs in plants

  • Jae Bok Heo
  • Yong-Suk Lee
  • Sibum SungEmail author


Many eukaryotes, including plants, produce a large number of long noncoding RNAs (lncRNAs). Growing number of lncRNAs are being reported to have regulatory roles in various developmental processes. Emerging mechanisms underlying the function of lncRNAs indicate that lncRNAs are versatile regulatory molecules. They function as potent cis- and trans-regulators of gene expression, including the formation of modular scaffolds that recruit chromatin-modifying complexes to target chromatin. LncRNAs have also been reported in plants. Here, we describe our current understanding on potential roles of lncRNA in plants.


Long noncoding RNA (lncRNA) Chromatin modification RNA-seq Gene silencing Gene activation 



Noncoding RNA


Long noncoding RNA


Micro RNA


Small interfering RNA


Piwi-interacting RNA


RNA sequencing


Long intergenic ncRNA


Plant homeodomain


Polycomb repressive complex 2



J.B. Heo is supported by a grant from the Next-Generation BioGreen 21 Program (SSAC, grant no.: PJ00951601) and by the National Research Foundation of Korea (NRF-MEST no. 2011–0013137). S. Sung is supported by the University of Texas at Austin, National Science Foundation (IOS-0950785) and National Institute of Health (R01GM100108).


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Molecular BiotechnologyDong-A UniversityBusanSouth Korea
  2. 2.Department of BiotechnologyDong-A UniversityBusanSouth Korea
  3. 3.Department of Molecular Biosciences and Institute for Cellular and Molecular BiologyUniversity of TexasAustinUSA

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