A genome-wide screen identifies genes that suppress the accumulation of spontaneous mutations in young and aged yeast cells

Novarina, D., Janssens, G. E., Bokern, K., Schut, T., van Oerle, N. C., Kazemier, H. G., Veenhoff, L. M. & Chang, M., Feb-2020, In : Aging Cell. 19, 2, 13 p., e13084.

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To ensure proper transmission of genetic information, cells need to preserve and faithfully replicate their genome, and failure to do so leads to genome instability, a hallmark of both cancer and aging. Defects in genes involved in guarding genome stability cause several human progeroid syndromes, and an age-dependent accumulation of mutations has been observed in different organisms, from yeast to mammals. However, it is unclear whether the spontaneous mutation rate changes during aging and whether specific pathways are important for genome maintenance in old cells. We developed a high-throughput replica-pinning approach to screen for genes important to suppress the accumulation of spontaneous mutations during yeast replicative aging. We found 13 known mutation suppression genes, and 31 genes that had no previous link to spontaneous mutagenesis, and all acted independently of age. Importantly, we identified PEX19, encoding an evolutionarily conserved peroxisome biogenesis factor, as an age-specific mutation suppression gene. While wild-type and pex19Δ young cells have similar spontaneous mutation rates, aged cells lacking PEX19 display an elevated mutation rate. This finding suggests that functional peroxisomes may be important to preserve genome integrity specifically in old cells.

Original languageEnglish
Article numbere13084
Number of pages13
JournalAging Cell
Issue number2
Early online date18-Dec-2019
Publication statusPublished - Feb-2020

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