No-nonsense functions for long noncoding RNAs

Cell. 2011 Apr 15;145(2):178-81. doi: 10.1016/j.cell.2011.03.014.


The mysterious secrets of long noncoding RNAs, often referred to as the Dark Matter of the genome, are gradually coming to light. Several recent papers dig deep to reveal surprisingly complex and diverse functions of these enigmatic molecules.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Gene Expression Regulation*
  • Gene Silencing
  • Humans
  • RNA, Long Noncoding
  • RNA, Untranslated / chemistry
  • RNA, Untranslated / genetics*
  • RNA, Untranslated / metabolism


  • RNA, Long Noncoding
  • RNA, Untranslated
  • XIST non-coding RNA