of RNA in Eukaryotes
note on terminology: Splicing of Exons & Introns]
The terms 'exon'
refer to expressed and intervening
DNA sequences, respectively.
However, as in the above diagram, they are sometimes used to
refer to the corresponding
hnRNA that are retained or
respectively, from the final mRNA
is technically incorrect: these should properly be called intron
and exon transcripts. This means of
course that the sequences of the DNA exons in
the sense strand are
identical to the
corresponding mRNA exon transcripts, except
substitution of U for T. Thus the corresponding
sequences can be either 'read' directly from the DNA sense strand, or
from the mRNA.
joining of two
example the ends of two ropes. It should not be confused with
In molecular biology, splicing refers to the
process of joining exon transcripts, during which
intron transcripts are removed, which process is often
referred to as 'splicing out'.
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