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About the miRBase Sequence database and Registry

Information on various aspects of miRNAs and the miRBase Sequence database and Registry can be accessed using the links below.
The field of miRNA biology is rapidly evolving. If you think some of the information here is out-of-date, or if we can add other useful information to these pages, please email us at mirbase@manchester.ac.uk.


miRBase is described in the following articles.
If you make use of data presented on miRBase, please cite these articles in addition to the primary data sources:

The following articles provide guidelines on miRNA annotation:

  • A uniform system for microRNA annotation
    Ambros V, Bartel B, Bartel DP, Burge CB, Carrington JC, Chen X, Dreyfuss G, Eddy SR, Griffiths-Jones S, Marshall M, Matzke M, Ruvkun G, Tuschl T
    RNA (2003) 9:277-279
  • Criteria for annotation of plant MicroRNAs
    Meyers BC, Axtell MJ, Bartel B, Bartel DP, Baulcombe D, Bowman JL, Cao X, Carrington JC, Chen X, Green PJ, Griffiths-Jones S, Jacobsen SE, Mallory AC, Martienssen RA, Poethig RS, Qi Y, Vaucheret H, Voinnet O, Watanabe Y, Weigel D, Zhu JK
    Plant Cell (2008) 20:3186-3190