AG Böttger

AG Böttger

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Function of non-coding RNAs in the cardiovascular system

Scientific Focus

The progress in annotation of the mammalian genome has identified non-coding RNAs (ncRNAs) to be an important class of molecules encoded in the genome. The research of our group focuses on two subclasses of ncRNAs, the microRNAs (miRNAs) and the long non-coding RNAs (lncRNAs). We are interested to understand the function of these molecules in the cardiovascular system and skeletal muscle and to get insight into general principles of ncRNA function.

Until now, we identified important functions of several miRNAs (Boettger et al., 2009, Boettger & Braun 2012, Wystub et al., 2013, Schweisgut et al., 2017 and Wüst et al., 2018). In addition we have identified physiological functions and molecular mechanisms of long non-coding RNAs (Schweisgut et al., 2017, Schutt et al., 2020) in the cardiovascular system and skeletal muscle. Some of our findings regarding the functions of ncRNAs are summarized below.

Group Members

Theresa Gerhardt, Salma Hachim, Ina Klockner, Kerstin Richter, Melissa Valussi, Maria Weiß, Qing Yin

Applications for Master- and PhD-student positions are welcome.

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