Research report 2016 - Max Planck Institute of Molecular Plant Physiology
Mobile RNA - do plant cells send a double message?
Metabolische Netzwerke, Forschungsgruppe Interzellulärer Makromolekularer Transport
SummaryPlant tissues exchange Protein-encoding RNA molecules. These mobile RNA molecules are evolutionary conserved and found in distantly related plant species. In target tissues mobile mRNAs are translated into proteins. The observed high number of mobile RNAs - approximately 20% transcribed genes produce mobile RNAs - questions the concept of cell autonomy and how we define signals in plant science.