Dr Justin Wong

Head, Gene Regulation in Cancer Lab, Gene and Stem Cell Therapy Program, Centenary Institute of Cancer Medicine & Cell Biology, University of Sydney, NSW

Title: "Intronic nonsense: Why we should stop ignoring them?"


Eukaryotic messenger RNAs (mRNAs) consist of coding regions called exons, separated by non-coding regions called introns. Under normal circumstances, introns are removed by a process called mRNA splicing, which allows joining together of exons to form mature mRNA transcripts, ready for protein translation. Retention of intron is traditionally viewed as a consequence of mis-splicing with little biological relevance. However, we and others have recently shown that intron retention is a widespread and conserved mechanism of gene expression control in normal cells. Aberrant intron retention is also implicated in diverse human disease. In this talk, I will highlight the functions of intron retention in normal biology and disease including those occurring in neuronal cells. I will also discuss my recent work concerning the control of intron retention via MeCP2-mediated splicing factor recruitment consequent to reduced DNA methylation.


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