New class of molecules may be key emerging “enhancer therapy”
In a pair of distinct but complementary papers, researchers at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine and colleagues illuminate the functional importance of a relatively new class of RNA molecules. The work, published online this week in the journal Nature, suggests modulation of “enhancer-directed RNAs” or “eRNAs” could provide a new way to alter gene expression in living cells, perhaps affecting the development or pathology of many diseases. … Read the full story from the UCSD Newsroom
Christopher Glass, MD, PhD, is professor of medicine and cellular and molecular medicine. M. Geoffrey Rosenfeld is professor of medicine and biology and is a Howard Hughes Medical Institute professor.
Both are members of the Division of Endocrinology & Metabolism in the Department of Medicine.
Citations for the study reports:
Michael T. Y. Lam, Han Cho, Hanna P. Lesch, David Gosselin, Sven Heinz, Yumiko Tanaka-Oishi, Christopher Benner, Minna U. Kaikkonen, Aneeza S. Kim, Mika Kosaka, Cindy Y. Lee, Andy Watt, Tamar R. Grossman, Michael G. Rosenfeld, Ronald M. Evans & Christopher K. Glass. Rev-Erbs repress macrophage gene expression by inhibiting enhancer-directed transcription. Nature (2013) doi:10.1038/nature12209. Published online 02 June 2013. | Full Text (UCSD only)
Wenbo Li, Dimple Notani, Qi Ma, Bogdan Tanasa, Esperanza Nunez, Aaron Yun Chen, Daria Merkurjev, Jie Zhang, Kenneth Ohgi, Xiaoyuan Song, Soohwan Oh, Hong-Sook Kim, Christopher K. Glass & Michael G. Rosenfeld. Functional roles of enhancer RNAs for oestrogen-dependent transcriptional activation. Nature (2013) doi:10.1038/nature12210. Published online 02 June 2013. | Full text (UCSD only)