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Genes Dev 2011 Jun 01;2511:1105-8. doi: 10.1101/gad.2062911.
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RNAi in Xenopus: look before you leap.

Flynt AS , Lai EC .

RNAi has revolutionized reverse genetics; however, RNAi is not necessarily ubiquitous or constitutive. Lund and colleagues (pp. 1121-1131) show that microRNA (miRNA) effector Argonautes (Agos) are limiting and easily saturated during early Xenopus embryogenesis. Moreover, this stage is devoid of slicing capacity. Supplementation of Ago proteins rescued endogenous miRNA activity in the presence of exogenous siRNAs, and, excitingly, ectopic Ago2 could now support RNAi in Xenopus. These observations may potentially facilitate RNAi in other recalcitrant model organisms.

PubMed ID: 21632820
PMC ID: PMC3110948
Article link: Genes Dev
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Species referenced: Xenopus laevis
Genes referenced: ago2

References [+] :
Armisen, Abundant and dynamically expressed miRNAs, piRNAs, and other small RNAs in the vertebrate Xenopus tropicalis. 2009, Pubmed, Xenbase