The role of RNA editing enzyme ADAR1 in liver homeostasis and metabolism
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- PhD students, Masters by Research, Honours students, Post Doctor Researchers
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- Medicine and Radiology
- St Vincent's Institute of Medical Research
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Summary We are interested in understanding how the RNA modifying enzyme ADAR1 functions. We will use genetic models to dissect its in vivo function.
The gene ADAR1 is essential to perform a highly prevalent form of RNA modification termed A-to-I editing. Editing occurs primarily within repetitive elements in endogenous RNA that can fold to form immunogenic double-stranded RNA. When edited, this double-stranded RNA does not activate innate immune sensors. Mutation of ADAR1 however, leads to a profound upregulation of type I interferon in mice and humans and causes the severe auto-immune disease Aicardi-Goutieres syndrome. Recently, however, a novel function of Adar1 protein has been identified that is independent of its role in RNA editing. Preliminary results suggest a function in the liver to maintain normal metabolism.
This project seeks to further investigate this function using mouse genetics, cell culture, RNA sequencing and biochemical techniques.
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