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We demonstrate that mice lacking the oxysterol receptor, LXR alpha, lose their ability to respond normally to dietary cholesterol and are unable to tolerate any amount of cholesterol in excess of that which they synthesize de novo. When fed diets containing cholesterol, LXR alpha (-/-) mice fail to induce transcription of the gene encoding cholesterol(More)
Cholesterol and its oxysterol congeners are important constituents of cell membranes and function as intermediates in several crucial biosynthetic pathways. These compounds autoregulate their metabolic fate by end-product repression and activation of downstream catabolism. Although end-product repression by oxysterols is relatively well understood, the(More)
The ability to selectively activate or inhibit gene expression is fundamental to understanding complex cellular systems and developing therapeutics. Recent studies have demonstrated that duplex RNAs complementary to promoters within chromosomal DNA are potent gene silencing agents in mammalian cells. Here we report that chromosome-targeted RNAs also(More)
Agents that activate expression of specific genes to probe cellular pathways or alleviate disease would go beyond existing approaches for controlling gene expression. Duplex RNAs complementary to promoter regions can repress or activate gene expression. The mechanism of these promoter-directed antigene RNAs (agRNAs) has been obscure. Other work has revealed(More)
Double-stranded RNAs that are complementary to non-coding transcripts at gene promoters can activate or inhibit gene expression in mammalian cells. Understanding the mechanism for modulating gene expression by promoter-targeted antigene RNAs (agRNAs) will require identification of the proteins involved in recognition. Previous reports have implicated(More)
RNAi is widely appreciated as a powerful regulator of mRNA translation in the cytoplasm of mammalian cells. However, the presence and activity of RNAi factors in the mammalian nucleus has been the subject of considerable debate. Here, we show that Argonaute-2 (Ago2) and RNAi factors Dicer, TRBP, and TRNC6A/GW182 are in the human nucleus and associate(More)
Although many long non-coding RNAs (lncRNAs) have been discovered, their function and their association with RNAi factors in the nucleus have remained obscure. Here, we identify RNA transcripts that overlap the cyclooxygenase-2 (COX-2) promoter and contain two adjacent binding sites for an endogenous miRNA, miR-589. We find that miR-589 binds the promoter(More)
Suppressed pulsatile GH secretion in food-deprived rats has been hypothesized to be due to an increase in hypothalamic somatostatin secretion. We investigated this hypothesis and the role of GHRH in regulating GH secretion during food deprivation using two different models. In experiment one, rats were food deprived for 72h during which time they received a(More)
RNA sequencing (RNA-Seq) is a powerful tool for analyzing the identity of cellular RNAs but is often limited by the amount of material available for analysis. In spite of extensive efforts employing existing protocols, we observed that it was not possible to obtain useful sequencing libraries from nuclear RNA derived from cultured human cells after(More)
Until recently, Argonaute 2 (AGO2) and other RNA factors were believed to be restricted to the cytoplasm of mammalian somatic cells. It is now becoming appreciated that RNAi factors can also be found in cell nuclei, but much remains to be learned about their transport, molecular recognition, and function. We find that siRNA-mediated reduction of AGO1 or(More)
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