2014.11.20 | Research news

A novel strategy to sort functional from non-functional RNA

The human genome is promiscuously transcribed yielding RNA from >75% of its DNA. It is presently intensely debated how much of this material is functional. Danish researchers have devised a method to help address this problem.

2014.11.18 | Research news

Host genes under the knife

A Danish research team has analysed the use of a particular cellular RNA degradation mechanism, which has revealed how the expression of the most complex class of genes in human cells is controlled. The study contributes to an understanding of the cell’s basic regulatory tools, and the results may eventually lead to a better understanding of the…

2014.09.23 | Research news

Torben Heick Jensen has been joined as a member of the Board of Reviewing Editors at the online journal eLife

eLife is a peer-reviewed open access scientific journal for the biomedical and life sciences. It was sponsored by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Max Planck Society and Wellcome Trust following a workshop held in 2010 at the Janelia Farm Research Campus and finally established at the end of 2012.

2013.11.24 | Research news

Proteins suppress useless gene activity in human cells

A new study shows how our cells sort the wheat from the chaff in a tangle of useful and useless gene molecules. In collaboration with international research groups, a Danish research team from Aarhus University has now found a mechanism that helps the cells prevent accumulation of the many useless RNA molecules being constantly produced by runaway…


The regulation and fidelity of gene expression is of paramount importance for the maintenance and differentiation of all living organisms. While attention historically has been focused on the process of gene activation (transcription), the past two decades have highlighted an equally important contribution to gene regulation at the post-transcriptional level. The Centre for mRNP Biogenesis and Metabolism studies the crosstalk between transcriptional and post-transcriptional processes, which establishes a network of interdependencies that ultimately regulate gene expression. Our focus is on structure/function relationships of mRNP formation and its quality control as well as the occurrence, and putative function, of non-coding RNA transcription.

So far our efforts have led to several important discoveries, including:

  • yeast cryptic unstable transcripts (CUTs) and human promoter upstream transcripts (PROMPTs)

  • the elucidation of regulatory principles for mRNP quality control in the nucleus and the cytoplasm

  • the "reverse" cross-talk between mRNA processing and transcription

  • key structures of RNP factors and complexes

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