Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications, Vol.291, No.5, 1119-1122, 2002
Analysis of the role of RecQ helicases in RNAi in mammals
The identity of mammalian genes involved in RNA interference (RNAi), the targeted sequence-specific mRNA degradation by double-stranded RNA (dsRNA), is poorly defined. Here we report the analysis of mice with null mutations of Wrn, Blm, and RecQ1 genes that are related to Mut-7 and Qde3, two genes essential for RNAi in Caenorhabditis elegans and quelling in Neurospora, respectively. Our results suggest that Wrn, Blm, and RecQ1 are not involved in sequence-specific mRNA degradation in mammals in response to dsRNA, suggesting potential differences in the mammalian RNAi pathway. (C) 2002 Elsevier Science (USA).