The DEAH-box helicase RHAU is an essential gene and critical for mouse hematopoiesis

Lai, J. C. and Ponti, S. and Pan, D. and Kohler, H. and Skoda, R. C. and Matthias, P. and Nagamine, Y.. (2012) The DEAH-box helicase RHAU is an essential gene and critical for mouse hematopoiesis. Blood, Vol. 119, H. 18. pp. 4291-4300.

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The DEAH helicase RHAU (alias DHX36, G4R1) is the only helicase shown to have G-quadruplex (G4)-RNA resolvase activity and the major source of G4-DNA resolvase activity. Previous report showed RHAU mRNA expression to be elevated in human lymphoid and CD34(+) BM cells, suggesting a potential role in hematopoiesis. Here, we generated a conditional knockout of the RHAU gene in mice. Germ line deletion of RHAU led to embryonic lethality. We then targeted the RHAU gene specifically in the hematopoiesis system, using a Cre-inducible system in which an optimized variant of Cre recombinase was expressed under the control of the Vav1 promoter. RHAU deletion in hematopoietic system caused hemolytic anemia and differentiation defect at the proerythroblast stage. The partial differentiation block of proerythroblasts was because of a proliferation defect. Transcriptome analysis of RHAU knockout proerythroblasts showed that a statistically significant portion of the deregulated genes contain G4 motifs in their promoters. This suggests that RHAU may play a role in the regulation of gene expression that relies on its G4 resolvase activity.
Faculties and Departments:03 Faculty of Medicine > Departement Biomedizin > Department of Biomedicine, University Hospital Basel > Experimental Hematology (Skoda)
UniBasel Contributors:Skoda, Radek C.
Item Type:Article, refereed
Article Subtype:Research Article
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Publisher:American Society of Hematology
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