RNA as a long-distance information macromolecule in plants

Nat Rev Mol Cell Biol. 2001 Nov;2(11):849-57. doi: 10.1038/35099096.


A role for RNA as a non-cell-autonomous information macromolecule is emerging as a new model in biology. Studies on higher plants have shown the operation of cell-to-cell and long-distance communication networks that mediate the selective transport of RNA. The evolution and function of these systems are discussed in terms of an RNA-based signalling network that potentiates control over gene expression at the whole-plant level.

Publication types

  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, Non-P.H.S.
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Biological Transport
  • Genes, Plant*
  • Models, Biological
  • Plant Physiological Phenomena*
  • Plants / metabolism*
  • RNA / physiology*


  • RNA