Special Issue "RNA in Focus"

A special issue of Cells (ISSN 2073-4409). This special issue belongs to the section "Cell Nuclei: Function, Transport and Receptors".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 10 April 2024 | Viewed by 170

Special Issue Editor

Department of Biophysics and Biophysical Chemistry, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD 21218, USA
Interests: RNA; translation; transcription; single molecule imaging; fluorescence imaging
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

RNA has versatile biological functions. It may directly store genetic information, serve as a genetic intermediate to be translated into functional protein, guide the protein to its target, or fold into unique structures and act as switches and enzymes. Advanced biochemical, biophysical, and genomic tools have been developed to measure the identity, structures, function, and distribution of RNAs in vitro and in vivo. We have witnessed an explosion of basic research and application of RNA in recent years. With improved mechanistic understanding and advanced chemical tools, RNA has become an increasingly popular biomedical and biotechnological agent.

In this Special Issue of Cells, I invite you to contribute original research, reviews, or short perspective articles related to RNA. Expert articles describing and applying innovative biochemical, biophysical, molecular biological tools to study RNA structure, function, imaging, as well as RNA therapeutics, are highly welcome. Relevant topics include, but are not limited to:

  • RNA localization;
  • mRNA translation and regulation;
  • RNA modification;
  • Non-coding RNAs;
  • RNA therapeutics;
  • RNA nanotechnology.

Dr. Bin Wu
Guest Editor

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • RNA localization
  • mRNA translation and regulation
  • RNA modification
  • non-coding RNAs
  • RNA therapeutics
  • RNA nanotechnology

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission, see below for planned papers.

Planned Papers

The below list represents only planned manuscripts. Some of these manuscripts have not been received by the Editorial Office yet. Papers submitted to MDPI journals are subject to peer-review.

Title: Emerging roles and mechanism of RNA modifications in the nervous system
Authors: Ami Kobayashi, Yosuke Kitagawa, Ali Mohamed Nassar, Hiroaki Wakimoto
Affiliation: 1 Department of Neurology, Brigham and Women's Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA, 02115 2 Department of Neurosurgery, Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA, 02114 3 Translational Neuro-Oncology Laboratory, Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA, 02114

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