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Author Tai, Akiko ♦ Kamei, Yuka ♦ Mukai, Yukio
Source United States Department of Energy Office of Scientific and Technical Information
Content type Text
Language English
Subject Keyword APPLIED LIFE SCIENCES ♦ CELL PROLIFERATION ♦ GENES ♦ MUTANTS ♦ MUTATIONS ♦ OXIDOREDUCTASES ♦ TRANSCRIPTION FACTORS ♦ YEASTS
Abstract In eukaryotes, numerous genetic factors contribute to the lifespan including metabolic enzymes, signal transducers, and transcription factors. As previously reported, the forkhead-like transcription factor (FHL1) gene was required for yeast replicative lifespan and cell proliferation. To determine how Fhl1p regulates the lifespan, we performed a DNA microarray analysis of a heterozygous diploid strain deleted for FHL1. We discovered numerous Fhl1p-target genes, which were then screened for lifespan-regulating activity. We identified the ribonucleotide reductase (RNR) 1 gene (RNR1) as a regulator of replicative lifespan. RNR1 encodes a large subunit of the RNR complex, which consists of two large (Rnr1p/Rnr3p) and two small (Rnr2p/Rnr4p) subunits. Heterozygous deletion of FHL1 reduced transcription of RNR1 and RNR3, but not RNR2 and RNR4. Chromatin immunoprecipitation showed that Fhl1p binds to the promoter regions of RNR1 and RNR3. Cells harboring an RNR1 deletion or an rnr1-C428A mutation, which abolishes RNR catalytic activity, exhibited a short lifespan. In contrast, cells with a deletion of the other RNR genes had a normal lifespan. Overexpression of RNR1, but not RNR3, restored the lifespan of the heterozygous FHL1 mutant to the wild-type (WT) level. The Δfhl1/FHL1 mutant conferred a decrease in dNTP levels and an increase in hydroxyurea (HU) sensitivity. These findings reveal that Fhl1p regulates RNR1 gene transcription to maintain dNTP levels, thus modulating longevity by protection against replication stress. - Highlights: • Fhl1p regulates replicative lifespan and transcription of RNR large subunit genes. • Rnr1p uniquely acts as a lifespan regulator independent of the RNR complex. • dNTP levels modulate longevity by protection against replication stress.
ISSN 0006291X
Educational Use Research
Learning Resource Type Article
Publisher Date 2017-06-17
Publisher Place United States
Journal Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
Volume Number 488
Issue Number 1


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