The RNAseIII enzyme Drosha is critical in T cells for preventing lethal inflammatory disease.
AuthorChong, MMW; Rasmussen, JP; Rudensky, AY; Littman, DR
Source TitleJournal of Experimental Medicine
PublisherRockefeller University Press
University of Melbourne Author/sChong, Mark
AffiliationMedicine (St Vincent's)
Document TypeJournal Article
CitationsChong, M. M. W., Rasmussen, J. P., Rudensky, A. Y. & Littman, D. R. (2008). The RNAseIII enzyme Drosha is critical in T cells for preventing lethal inflammatory disease.. J Exp Med, 205 (9), pp.2005-2017. https://doi.org/10.1084/jem.20081219.
Access StatusOpen Access
Open Access at PMChttp://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2526196
MicroRNAs (miRNAs) are implicated in the differentiation and function of many cell types. We provide genetic and in vivo evidence that the two RNaseIII enzymes, Drosha and Dicer, do indeed function in the same pathway. These have previously been shown to mediate the stepwise maturation of miRNAs (Lee, Y., C. Ahn, J. Han, H. Choi, J. Kim, J. Yim, J. Lee, P. Provost, O. Radmark, S. Kim, and V.N. Kim. 2003. Nature. 425:415-419), and genetic ablation of either within the T cell compartment, or specifically within Foxp3(+) regulatory T (T reg) cells, results in identical phenotypes. We found that miRNA biogenesis is indispensable for the function of T reg cells. Specific deletion of either Drosha or Dicer phenocopies mice lacking a functional Foxp3 gene or Foxp3(+) cells, whereas deletion throughout the T cell compartment also results in spontaneous inflammatory disease, but later in life. Thus, miRNA-dependent regulation is critical for preventing spontaneous inflammation and autoimmunity.
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