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      Distinct roles for Drosophila Dicer-1 and Dicer-2 in the siRNA/miRNA silencing pathways.

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          The RNase III enzyme Dicer processes RNA into siRNAs and miRNAs, which direct a RNA-induced silencing complex (RISC) to cleave mRNA or block its translation (RNAi). We have characterized mutations in the Drosophila dicer-1 and dicer-2 genes. Mutation in dicer-1 blocks processing of miRNA precursors, whereas dicer-2 mutants are defective for processing siRNA precursors. It has been recently found that Drosophila Dicer-1 and Dicer-2 are also components of siRNA-dependent RISC (siRISC). We find that Dicer-1 and Dicer-2 are required for siRNA-directed mRNA cleavage, though the RNase III activity of Dicer-2 is not required. Dicer-1 and Dicer-2 facilitate distinct steps in the assembly of siRISC. However, Dicer-1 but not Dicer-2 is essential for miRISC-directed translation repression. Thus, siRISCs and miRISCs are different with respect to Dicers in Drosophila.

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          Journal
          Cell
          Cell
          Elsevier BV
          0092-8674
          0092-8674
          Apr 02 2004
          : 117
          : 1
          Affiliations
          [1 ] Department of Biochemistry, Northwestern University, 2205 Tech Drive, Evanston, IL 60208, USA.
          Article
          S0092867404002612
          10.1016/s0092-8674(04)00261-2
          15066283
          ba205a86-e305-40f8-8553-ed4a5181fb3b
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