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Small miscellaneous ncRNAs gene family
Reviewed March 2014
What are the small miscellaneous ncRNAs genes?
Genes in this gene family provide instructions for making molecules called small miscellaneous noncoding RNAs. Noncoding RNAs are a particular type of RNA, which is a chemical cousin of DNA.
The most common form of RNA (called messenger RNA) is considered protein-coding RNA, because it acts as the blueprint for making proteins. Noncoding RNAs, however, do not carry (encode) information for producing proteins, although they do have other important functions in cells.
There are several types of noncoding RNAs. For example, transfer RNAs help assemble protein building blocks (amino acids) into functioning proteins. Small interfering RNAs suppress the activity (expression) of specific genes. The genes in the small miscellaneous noncoding RNA family provide instructions for making RNA molecules that have not been classified into one of the other types. For example, the TERC gene provides instructions for making an RNA molecule that is involved in the maintenance of structures called telomeres, which are composed of repeated segments of DNA found at the ends of chromosomes.
Which genes are included in the small miscellaneous ncRNAs gene family?
The HUGO Gene Nomenclature Committee (HGNC) provides a list of genes in the small miscellaneous ncRNAs
What conditions are related to genes in the small miscellaneous ncRNAs gene family?
Genetics Home Reference includes these conditions related to genes in the small miscellaneous ncRNAs gene family:
Where can I find additional information about the small miscellaneous ncRNAs gene family?
You may find the following resources about the small miscellaneous ncRNAs gene family helpful.
Where can I find general information about genes and gene families?
The Handbook provides basic information about genetics in clear language.
What glossary definitions help with understanding the small miscellaneous ncRNAs gene family?
You may find definitions for these and many other terms in the Genetics Home Reference Glossary.
See also Understanding Medical Terminology.
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