P21 Both Attenuates and Drives Senescence and Aging in BubR1 Progeroid Mice

Darren J. Baker, Robbyn L. Weaver, Jan M. VanDeursen

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BubR1 insufficiency occurs with natural aging and induces progeroid phenotypes in both mice and children with mosaic variegated aneuploidy syndrome. In response to BubR1 insufficiency, skeletal muscle, fat, and lens tissue engage p19Arf to attenuate senescence and age-related deterioration. Here, we address how p19Arf exerts this caretaker role using BubR1 progeroid mice lacking p53 or its transcriptional target p21. We show that p53 delays functional decline of skeletal muscle and fat in a p21-dependent fashion by inhibiting p16Ink4a-mediated senescence of progenitor cells. Strikingly, p53 also attenuates the formation of cataractous lenses, but here its antiaging effect is p21 independent, as we found p21 to promote senescence of lens epithelial cells and cataract formation. Together, these results demonstrate that p53 counteracts tissue destruction in response to BubR1 insufficiency through diverse mechanisms and uncover a causal link between senescence of the progenitor cell compartment and age-related dysfunction.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1164-1174
Number of pages11
JournalCell reports
Issue number4
StatePublished - Apr 25 2013

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology


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