Inducible deletion of epidermal Dicer and Drosha reveals multiple functions for miRNAs in postnatal skin.
Monica Teta, Yeon Sook Choi, Tishina Okegbe, Gabrielle Wong, Oliver H Tam, Mark MW Chong, John T Seykora, Andras Nagy, Dan R Littman, Thomas Andl, Sarah E Millar
Development | Published : 2012
MicroRNAs (miRNAs) regulate the expression of many mammalian genes and play key roles in embryonic hair follicle development; however, little is known of their functions in postnatal hair growth. We compared the effects of deleting the essential miRNA biogenesis enzymes Drosha and Dicer in mouse skin epithelial cells at successive postnatal time points. Deletion of either Drosha or Dicer during an established growth phase (anagen) caused failure of hair follicles to enter a normal catagen regression phase, eventual follicular degradation and stem cell loss. Deletion of Drosha or Dicer in resting phase follicles did not affect follicular structure or epithelial stem cell maintenance, and stim..View full abstract