Circular RNAs: Coding or noncoding?

Cell Res. 2017 Jun;27(6):724-725. doi: 10.1038/cr.2017.70. Epub 2017 May 16.


Circular RNAs (circRNAs) were only recently discovered as a new class of noncoding RNAs, functionally still largely uncharacterized. Three publications that appeared concurrently in Cell Research and Molecular Cell provide initial evidence for certain endogenous circRNAs coding for proteins.

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Humans
  • MicroRNAs / genetics
  • RNA / genetics*
  • RNA Splicing / genetics
  • RNA, Circular
  • RNA, Untranslated / genetics*


  • MicroRNAs
  • RNA, Circular
  • RNA, Untranslated
  • RNA