RNAi (Nematodes: Caenorhabditis elegans)

Adv Genet. 2002;46:339-60. doi: 10.1016/s0065-2660(02)46012-9.


RNA interference in Caenorhabditis elegans is a type of homology dependent posttranscriptional gene silencing induced by dsRNA. In this chapter we describe the history of the discovery of RNAi, its systemic nature, inheritance, and connection to other homology-dependent silencing phenomena like co-suppression and transcriptional gene silencing. We discuss RNAi-deficient mutants in C. elegans as well as characterized components of the RNAi, pathway, the molecular mechanism of RNAi, and its possible role in development and immunity.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Animals, Genetically Modified
  • Caenorhabditis elegans / genetics*
  • Caenorhabditis elegans / growth & development
  • Caenorhabditis elegans / immunology
  • Caenorhabditis elegans Proteins*
  • DNA Transposable Elements / genetics
  • Gene Silencing*
  • Genes, Helminth
  • Helminth Proteins / genetics
  • Models, Genetic
  • Multigene Family
  • Mutation
  • RNA Replicase / genetics
  • RNA, Helminth / genetics*
  • Suppression, Genetic


  • Caenorhabditis elegans Proteins
  • DNA Transposable Elements
  • Helminth Proteins
  • RNA, Helminth
  • rde-1 protein, C elegans
  • EGO-1 protein, C elegans
  • RNA Replicase