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Clearance of Maternal RNAs: Not a Mummy’s Embryo Anymore

Part of the Methods in Molecular Biology book series (MIMB,volume 1605)

Abstract

Until the zygotic genome is activated, early development relies on the products deposited by the mother. Once the zygotic genome starts to be transcribed, most maternal products are not needed anymore by the developing embryo. This emancipation from the maternal genome occurs during the Zygotic Genome Activation (ZGA). Although the process by which the maternal content is replaced with zygotic products differs from species to species, there is a common theme to all of them: maternal transcripts are actively degraded. Here, a review of how the degradation of maternal RNAs is regulated during early development and discussions on some computational tools that may be of use in this research area are outlined.

Key words

  • RNA degradation
  • Deadenylation
  • RNA-binding proteins
  • microRNAs
  • Maternal-to-zygotic transition
  • Zygotic genome activation

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Marco, A. (2017). Clearance of Maternal RNAs: Not a Mummy’s Embryo Anymore. In: Lee, K. (eds) Zygotic Genome Activation. Methods in Molecular Biology, vol 1605. Humana Press, New York, NY. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4939-6988-3_1

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