A Bright IDEA

Christopher Jackson, David Gresham

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Abstract

Transcription factors (TFs) control the rate of mRNA production. Technological advances have made the task of measuring mRNA levels for all genes straightforward, but identifying causal relationships between TFs and their target genes remains an unsolved problem in biology. In their recent study, McIsaac and colleagues (Hackett et al, 2020) apply a method for inducing the overexpression of a TF and studying the dynamics with which all transcripts respond. Using time series analysis, they are able to resolve direct effects of TFs from secondary effects. This new experimental and analytical approach provides an efficient means of defining gene regulatory relationships for all TFs.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article numbere9502
JournalMolecular systems biology
Volume16
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 1 2020

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)
  • Immunology and Microbiology(all)
  • Agricultural and Biological Sciences(all)
  • Applied Mathematics

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