OBM Genetics is an international Open Access journal published quarterly online by LIDSEN Publishing Inc. It accepts papers addressing basic and medical aspects of genetics and epigenetics and also ethical, legal and social issues. Coverage includes clinical, developmental, diagnostic, evolutionary, genomic, mitochondrial, molecular, oncological, population and reproductive aspects. It publishes research articles, reviews, communications and technical notes, etc. There is no restriction on the length of the papers and we encourage scientists to publish their results in as much detail as possible.

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Special Issue

Alternative Splicing: A Key Process in Development and Disease

Submission Deadline: December 31, 2020 (Open) Submit Now

Guest Editor

Michael R. Ladomery, PhD

Faculty of Health and Applied Sciences, University of the West of England, Bristol; Frenchay Campus,
Coldharbour Lane, Bristol BS16 1QY, UK

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Research Interests: RNA biology; alternative splicing; noncoding RNA; RNA-based cancer therapies

About this topic

Soon after the discovery of pre-mRNA splicing in the late 1970s it became apparent that transcripts can be ‘alternatively spliced’ across eukaryotes. The main modes of alternative splicing are cassette exons that can be skipped; alternative splice sites that change the boundaries of exons; mutually exclusive exons; and retained introns. It is thought that over 94% of multi-exonic genes are alternatively spliced in humans. Alternative splicing is affected by regulatory sequences present within exons and introns. These are recognised by a multitude of splice factors that regulate splicing machinery access. Alternative splicing means that genes can express proteins with strikingly different characteristics. These can even have antagonistic properties (for example pro- or anti-apoptotic splice isoforms). It is then not surprising to find that alternative splicing plays a key role in development and that mutations that disrupt alternative splicing contribute to disease. Alternative splicing research provides enormous opportunities to understand fundamental biological processes; it also presents a new context in which to develop novel therapies.

Planned Papers

Title: Alternative splicing in neuroendocrine prostate cancer
Author: Jennifer Munkley

Title: Alternative splicing during activation of immunoglobulin class switching in human B cells
Author: Youming Zhang

Title: Environmentally induced alternative splicing
Author: Fatima Smagulova

Title: Translating RNA splicing analysis into diagnosis and therapy
Authors: Andrew Douglas, Diana Baralle

Title: The CLK splice factor kinases: a new target for therapy?
Authors: Ahmed Hussein, Michael Ladomery

Title: Dysregulation of scaRNA expression leads to alternative splicing of mRNA, contributing to congenital heart defects
Authors: Douglas C. Bittel, et al


Open Access Review

Splicing HAC1/XBP1 mRNAs in Cytoplasm: The Non-Conventional mRNA Splicing Reaction in the Unfolded Protein Response

Received: 23 March 2020;  Published: 22 May 2020;  doi: 10.21926/obm.genet.2002110


The majority of the secretory and transmembrane proteins are folded in the endoplasmic reticulum (ER). When unfolded proteins accumulate in the ER, a collective of signalling pathways, termed the unfolded protein response (UPR), are activated to restore the ER protein folding homeostasis. The most e [...]
Open Access Case Report

Knight in Splicing Armor: Alternative Splicing as a Neuroprotective Mechanism

Received: 13 January 2020;  Published: 20 March 2020;  doi: 10.21926/obm.genet.2001106


By adjusting gene expression in response to environmental changes, cells can optimize fitness as needed. Alternative splicing is one of the most important post-transcriptional regulation steps, broadly involved in diverse physiological and pathological conditions. Here, we present 5 case [...]