Beyond the RNA-dependent function of LncRNA genes

Elife. 2020 Oct 23;9:e60583. doi: 10.7554/eLife.60583.


While long non-coding RNA (lncRNA) genes have attracted a lot of attention in the last decade, the focus regarding their mechanisms of action has been primarily on the RNA product of these genes. Recent work on several lncRNAs genes demonstrates that not only is the produced RNA species important, but also that transcription of the lncRNA locus alone can have regulatory functions. Like the functions of lncRNA transcripts, the mechanisms that underlie these genome-based functions are varied. Here we highlight some of these examples and provide an outlook on how the functional mechanisms of a lncRNA gene can be determined.

Keywords: 3D genome; gene regulation; genetics; genomics; lncRNA.

Publication types

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

MeSH terms

  • RNA, Long Noncoding / genetics*
  • RNA, Long Noncoding / metabolism


  • RNA, Long Noncoding