Precise elimination of maternal mRNAs plays a critical role during the maternal-to-zygotic transition (MZT) to promote developmental processing. Two new studies demonstrate that, in eukaryotes, codon-mediated decay is a conserved mechanism to shape maternal mRNA stability by affecting deadenylation rate in a translation-dependent manner. These studies add to a growing body of literature suggesting that translational elongation rates are a major determinant of mRNA stability.
- codon optimality
- mRNA decay
- maternal-to-zygotic transition
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