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Epigenetics in Health and Disease by Olga Kovalchuk Ph.D., MD, Igor Kovalchuk Ph.D., MD

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9. Non-coding RNAs across the kingdoms—protista and fungi

This chapter describes non-coding RNAs found in unicellular eukaryotes from Protozoa as well as ncRNAs from uni- and multicellular eukaryotes from Fungi kingdom.

Protozoa

Protozoa are unicellular heterotrophic eukaryotic organisms belonging to the kingdom Protista, although according to the Integrated Taxonomic Information System 2009 classification, they form their own kingdom. Classification of Protista and Protozoa organisms is not a simple task. Depending on their type of locomotion, the protozoans are divided into three phyla that use cilia, flagella, or pseudopodia. Although various miRNAs and siRNAs have been identified in multicellular animals, most unicellular animals seem to ...

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