Neurogenesis: Regulation by Alternative Splicing and Related Posttranscriptional Processes Articles uri icon

publication date

  • October 2017

start page

  • 466

end page

  • 477

issue

  • 5

volume

  • 23

international standard serial number (ISSN)

  • 1073-8584

abstract

  • The complexity of the mammalian brain requires highly specialized protein function and diversity. As neurons differentiate and the neuronal circuitry is established, several mRNAs undergo alternative splicing and other posttranscriptional changes that expand the variety of protein isoforms produced. Recent advances are beginning to shed light on the molecular mechanisms that regulate isoform switching during neurogenesis and the role played by specific RNA binding proteins in this process. Neurogenesis and neuronal wiring were recently shown to also be regulated by RNA degradation through nonsense-mediated decay. An additional layer of regulatory complexity in these biological processes is the interplay between alternative splicing and long noncoding RNAs. Dysregulation of posttranscriptional regulation results in defective neuronal differentiation and/or synaptic connections that lead to neurodevelopmental and psychiatric disorders.

keywords

  • alternative splicing; nonsense-mediated decay; noncoding RNAs; neurogenesis; molecular neurology; molecular psychiatry