ΔNp63α overexpression induces downregulation of Sirt1 and an accelerated aging phenotype in the mouse

Matthias Sommer, Nina Poliak, Sunil Upadhyay, Edward Ratovitski, Barry D. Nelkin, Lawrence A. Donehower, David Sidransky

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Abstract

p63 is highly expressed in the skin and appears to be an early marker of keratinocyte differentiation. To examine the role of p63 in vivo, we generated transgenic mice that overexpress ΔNp63α in the skin. These mice exhibited an accelerated aging phenotype in the skin characterized by striking wound healing defects, decreased skin thickness, decreased subcutaneous fat tissue, hair loss, and decreased cell proliferation. The accelerated skin aging was accompanied by a dramatic decrease in longevity of the mice. We found that aging in ΔNp63α transgenic mice and other mouse models correlated with levels of Sirt1, a mammalian SIR2 orthologue thought to extend the lifespan in lower species. Moreover, increased ΔNp63α expression induced cellular senescence that was rescued by Sirt1. Our data suggest that ΔNp63α levels may affect aging in mammals, at least in part, through regulation of Sirt1.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2005-2011
Number of pages7
JournalCell Cycle
Volume5
Issue number17
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 1 2006

Keywords

  • Aging
  • Sirt1
  • Transgenic mice
  • p53
  • p63

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Molecular Biology
  • Developmental Biology
  • Cell Biology

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