|Citation||Calleja, M., Pena, P., Ugalde, C., Ferreiro, C., Marco, R., Garesse, R. (1993). Mitochondrial DNA remains intact during Drosophila aging, but the levels of mitochondrial transcripts are significantly reduced. J. Biol. Chem. 268(25): 18891--18897. (Export to RIS)|
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|PubMed Abstract||It has been suggested that mutations accumulated in mitochondrial DNA during the aging process may be causally related to the decreased physiological response of the senescent organisms. We have quantified and evaluated the integrity of the mitochondrial genome during the life span of Drosophila melanogaster. Its amount remains fairly constant representing roughly 1% of the total DNA at all ages. Southern experiments have also revealed a high stability and integrity of the mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA). However, we have detected an important decrease in the steady-state levels of all mitochondrial transcripts investigated: 16 S ribosomal RNA (16SrRNA), cytochrome c oxidase, cytochrome b, and beta H(+)-ATP synthase subunit. These changes correlate with the shape of the life span curve, preceding the decrease in survival of the male flies used in the study, and at least in the case of 16SrRNA, is tissue-specific. Although mitochondrial DNA remains unchanged in heads, thoraces, and abdomens, 16SrRNA levels decrease more severely in heads and thoraces and much less conspicuously in abdomens. On the other hand, control non-mitochondrial transcripts investigated remain essentially unaffected. These results suggest that in Drosophila the main effect of aging on the mitochondrial genetic system is downstream from mtDNA itself. The decline in the levels of beta H(+)-ATPase transcript, nuclear-encoded, suggests that not only the mitochondrial machinery, but also the nuclear one involved in mitochondrial biogenesis, is affected during aging.|
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|Abbreviation||J. Biol. Chem.|
|Title||Journal of Biological Chemistry|
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