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  1. Summary

    The flowering plantArabidopsis thalianais a dicot model organism for research in many aspects of plant biology. A comprehensive annotation of its genome paves the way for understanding the functions and activities of all types of transcripts, includingmRNA, the various classes of non‐codingRNA, and smallRNA. TheTAIR10 annotation update had a profound impact on Arabidopsis research but was released more than 5 years ago. Maintaining the accuracy of the annotation continues to be a prerequisite for future progress. Using an integrative annotation pipeline, we assembled tissue‐specificRNA‐Seq libraries from 113 datasets and constructed 48 359 transcript models of protein‐coding genes in eleven tissues. In addition, we annotated various classes of non‐codingRNAincluding microRNA, long intergenicRNA, small nucleolarRNA, natural antisense transcript, small nuclearRNA, and smallRNAusing published datasets and in‐house analytic results. Altogether, we identified 635 novel protein‐coding genes, 508 novel transcribed regions, 5178 non‐codingRNAs, and 35 846 smallRNAloci that were formerly unannotated. Analysis of the splicing events andRNA‐Seq based expression profiles revealed the landscapes of gene structures, untranslated regions, and splicing activities to be more intricate than previously appreciated. Furthermore, we present 692 uniformly expressed housekeeping genes, 43% of whose human orthologs are also housekeeping genes. This updated Arabidopsis genome annotation with a substantially increased resolution of gene models will not only further our understanding of the biological processes of this plant model but also of other species.

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