On the selectivity, specificity and signalling potential of the long-distance movement of messenger RNA.

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Messenger RNA (mRNA) can move through the vascular system in plants. Until recently the transport of mRNA had been demonstrated only for a few well-documented cases, leading to the suggestion that transport was selective and specific. The extent of this long-distance transport has now been shown to be on the genomic scale with thousands of transcripts covering broad regions of gene ontological space. In light of this recent data, I revisit proposed mechanisms of transport of mRNA and critically assess their potential role in signalling.