A new member in the Argonaute crew: the mt-miRNAs

Andrea Pozzi, Damian K. Dowling

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Mutations within the mitochondrial genome have been linked to many diverse phenotypes. Moreover, the effects of these mutations have been shown to differ across sexes and environments. The mechanisms that explain the manifold array of mitochondrial genotypic effects on organismal function, and their context-dependency, have however remained a mystery. Here, we present evidence that mitochondria are involved in nuclear gene regulation via RNA interference; transcribing mitochondrial (mt-)miRNAs that may repress the transcription of nuclear genes that previously had no known involvement in mitochondrial function. Our findings uncover a new mechanism by which mitochondria may shape the expression of animal life-histories and health components; implying that the influence of the mitochondria in regulating organismal function extends well beyond the process of energy production.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages46
Publication statusPublished - 14 Feb 2020

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