Control of fibroblast senescence and activation of programmed cell death.


Journal Article (Review)

We have characterized a nuclear phosphoprotein of 57 kda, statin, found only in nonproliferating cells of both quiescent and senescent natures. Emerging results suggest that statin may function as a sequester to block the early G1 phase phosphorylation for the RB protein. A second protein, terminin, undergoes senescence-specific posttranslational modification from 90 to 60 kda, and further death-specific conversion from 60 to 30 kda. We also found that apoptotic mouse 3T3 fibroblasts express c-fos, c-myc, c-jun, and cdc2, as well as the upregulation of RB phosphorylation and BrdU incorporation, just before final DNA fragmentation and death. It seems that en route to death, cells re-enter the cell-cycle transverse and experience early G1 and part of S Phase; however, this cycling event is an abortive one. In contrast, senescent fibroblasts are resistant to the initiation of the death program, since they are unable to enter cell cycle traverse. Long-term serial passaging of normal human fibroblasts may be inadvertently selecting those, while termed as senescent, are also specialized survivors, and thus a good culture model to study both the control of permanent departure from cell cycle traverse and the mechanism underlying the survival or antideath cellular program.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Wang, E; Lee, MJ; Pandey, S

Published Date

  • April 1, 1994

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 54 / 4

Start / End Page

  • 432 - 439

PubMed ID

  • 8014192

Pubmed Central ID

  • 8014192

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0730-2312

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1002/jcb.240540410


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States