The world's first wiki where authorship really matters (Nature Genetics, 2008). Due credit and reputation for authors. Imagine a global collaborative knowledge base for original thoughts. Search thousands of articles and collaborate with scientists around the globe.

wikigene or wiki gene protein drug chemical gene disease author authorship tracking collaborative publishing evolutionary knowledge reputation system wiki2.0 global collaboration genes proteins drugs chemicals diseases compound
Hoffmann, R. A wiki for the life sciences where authorship matters. Nature Genetics (2008)

9-cis-retinoic acid regulates the expression of the muscle determination gene Myf5.

Myf5 is a member of the MyoD family, a set of four helix-loop-helix transcription factors that controls myogenic differentiation. The Myf5 gene has both in vivo and in vitro expression patterns consistent with an involvement in the first events of myogenesis, such as acquisition and/or maintenance of myogenic "determined" phenotype. To date, very little is known about the mechanism underlying the tight regulation of Myf5 expression. We report here that retinoic acid (RA) reduces the level of Myf5 message in both mouse C2 and rat L6 cell lines, probably at the transcriptional level, because Myf5 mRNA stability is not affected by RA. This repression is dose dependent, starting at 0.1 microM of all-trans RA, and is not abrogated by cycloheximide, suggesting a direct involvement of RA receptors in the control of Myf5 expression. Furthermore, we compared the efficiency of natural (all-trans RA and 9-cis RA) or synthetic (TTNPB) retinoids that differentially activate the two families of RA receptors, RA receptors and retinoid X-receptors (9-cis RA). As 9-cis RA is about 10 times more efficient than all-trans RA in repressing Myf5, whereas TTNPB, which preferentially activates RA receptors, is far less potent, our data provide evidence for an important role of ligand-bound retinoid X-receptors in the mediation of this inhibition.[1]


  1. 9-cis-retinoic acid regulates the expression of the muscle determination gene Myf5. Carnac, G., Albagli-Curiel, O., Levin, A., Bonnieu, A. Endocrinology (1993) [Pubmed]
WikiGenes - Universities