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Table 3 Predicted target functions for the identified cotton conserved candidate miRNAs.

From: Enrichment of a set of microRNAs during the cotton fiber development

Gene function Number of targets
Regulation of transcription 54
Oxidation reduction 13
Transporter 11
Metabolism 6
Transcription 6
Proteolysis 5
Signal transduction 5
Lipid metabolism 4
Stress response 4
Other 11
Total 119
  1. Targets were predicted for the identified conserved miRNA (see Additional file 4) and grouped by the biological function of the proteins they encode for, as described by UniProt http://www.uniprot.org/. Transcripts coding for proteins involved in the regulation of transcription were prevalent.