Dr.S.Baranidharan barani at mace.cc.purdue.edu
Thu Jan 19 19:09:28 EST 1995

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  Premature aging and immunodeficiency: Mulvihill-Smith syndrome?

  Ohashi H, Tsukahara M, Murano I, Fujita K, Matsuura S, Fukushima Y, Kajii T
  Department of Pediatrics, Yamaguchi University School of Medicine, Ube, 

  Am J Med Genet  Mar 1 1993  45 (5) p597-600
  We report on a 30-year-old woman with premature aging, immunodeficiency, and 
other abnormalities.  She had many manifestations of the Mulvihill-Smith 
syndrome, a disorder that has been described in 4 sporadic individuals, ranging 
in age from 4 to 17 years.  The common manifestations include short stature, 
microcephaly, a senile face with an underdeveloped lower half, diminished 
facial subcutaneous fat, multiple pigmented nevi, sensorineural hearing loss, 
and a low IgG level.  Our patient also had severe mental retardation, 
brachydactyly, severe T cell dysfunction, and suffered from severe verruca 
vulgaris and a chronic, active Epstein-Barr virus infection.  The fact that her 
parents were first cousins suggests autosomal recessive inheritance of her 
disorder.  Two alternative possibilities were considered: the disorder in the 
patient represents the Mulvihill-Smith syndrome with immune deficiency as a 
sign of its advanced stage, or a hitherto undescribed syndrome.  

  MRA detection of vascular occlusion in a child with progeria.

  Smith AS, Wiznitzer M, Karaman BA, Horwitz SJ, Lanzieri CF
  Department of Radiology, University Hospitals of Cleveland, OH 44106.

  AJNR Am J Neuroradiol  Mar-Apr 1993  14 (2) p441-3
  We report a case of progeria and the utility of visualizing the 
cerebrovascular anatomy by using MR angiography.  A 4-year-old child with 
Hutchinson-Guilford syndrome developed symptoms of ischemia and MR angiography 
showed bilateral occlusion of internal carotid and vertebral artery origins, 
the anterior spinal artery was prominent.

  Age-associated damage in mitochondrial DNA in human hearts.

  Hayakawa M, Sugiyama S, Hattori K, Takasawa M, Ozawa T
  Department of Biomedical Chemistry, Faculty of Medicine, University of 
Nagoya, Japan.

  Mol Cell Biochem  Feb 17 1993  119 (1-2) p95-103
  Damage to mitochondrial DNA seems to be involved in the etiology of age-
associated degenerative diseases.  The aim of this study is to elucidate 
effects of aging on human mitochondrial DNA.  8-Hydroxy-deoxyguanosine, a 
product of free radical damage to deoxyguanosine, is reported to cause random 
point mutations.  In human mitochondrial DNA, 8-hydroxy-deoxyguanosine 
increased exponentially with age, and the population of mitochondrial DNA with 
deletion increased also exponentially with age.  Furthermore, a clear 
correlation existed between the accumulation of 8-hydroxy-deoxyguanosine and 
that of mitochondrial DNA with deletion.  We also determined the effects of 
aging on rat mitochondrial function together with 8-hydroxy-deoxyguanosine 
content in mitochondrial DNA.  The activities of complexes I and IV of the 
mitochondrial electron transport chain decreased significantly in rats aged 100 
weeks compared with those in rats aged 7 weeks.  A concomitant increase in 8-
hydroxy-deoxyguanosine was observed in mitochondrial DNA of rats aged 100 
weeks.  From our results, it is concluded that the age-associated 
accumulation of somatically acquired oxygen damage together with 
deletions in mitochondrial DNA might be important contributors to the 
deterioration of cardiac function associated with age.

  Phenotypic conversion of SV40-immortalized human diploid fibroblasts to 
senescing cells by introduction of an antisense gene for SV40-T antigen.

  Tanaka Y, Tang X, Hou DX, Gao H, Kitabayashi I, Gachelin G, Yokoyama K
  Gene Bank, Tsukuba Life Science Center, RIKEN (The Institute of Physical and 
Chemical Research, Ibaraki, Japan.

  Cell Struct Funct  Dec 1992  17 (6) p351-62
  Normal human lung fibroblast diploid cells, WI-38, become senescent after a 
definite number of divisions.  VA-13 is a line of immortalized cells 
established by transformation of WI-38 cells by SV40 virus.  To determine 
whether SV40 large T (SV40-T) antigen is essential for this immortalization of 
WI-38 cells we introduced an antisense gene for T antigen into VA-13.  Two 
morphologically different types of antisense transformant (VA-AS5-8 and VA-AS37-
8) were obtained.  In both antisense transformants the expression of T antigen 
was reduced by more than 70% as compared to that in the parent cells.  The 
morphology of the antisense transformants indicated a partial conversion to the 
senescent phenotype of WI-38.  The relative number of cells in the S phase of 
the antisense transformants was decreased as compared to that in cultures of VA-
13 and about 50% of cells were at G1/0.  The doubling time of the transformants 
was prolonged to close to the doubling time of WI-38.  The level of expression 
of retinoblastoma protein (pRB) complexed with SV40-T antigen of the antisense 
transformants was significantly decreased although the level of total pRB was 
much higher than that in VA-13.  The pRB was present exclusively in the 
underphosphorylated form.  Thus, the decreased level of formation of the 
complex between SV40-T and pRB or the underphosphorylation of pRB may explain 
the suppression of growth of antisense transformants.  Together, these results 
show that an antisense gene for SV40-T antigen can efficiently block the cell 
proliferation and the cell immortalization of VA-13 cells.

  The role of mitochondrial DNA rearrangements in aging and human diseases.

  Osiewacz HD, Hermanns J
  Deutsches Krebsforschungszentrum, Institut fur Virusforschung, Heidelberg, 

  Aging (Milano)  Dec 1992  4 (4) p273-86
  Instabilities and point mutations of the high molecular weight mitochondrial 
DNA (mtDNA) were shown to be correlated with various degenerative processes in 
both lower eukaryotes as well as in mammals.  In filamentous fungi, circular 
and linear plasmids were demonstrated to be involved in mtDNA rearrangements 
and in the genetic control of senescence.  In addition, in these eukaryotic 
microorganisms, which have proved to be ideal model systems in experimental 
gerontology, a number of nuclear genes were identified controlling the 
stability of the mitochondrial genome.  Although the mitochondrial genome of 
mammals, including humans, appears to be quite stable in comparison to other 
species, mtDNA instabilities of the type described in fungi were observed in 
mitochondria of patients with different mitochondrial degenerative disorders 
(CPEO, KSS, Pearson syndrome, LHON, MERRF, MELAS).  It was later demonstrated 
that such mtDNA rearrangements appear to accumulate progressively during aging 
in human subjects.  These data suggest that instabilities of the mitochondrial 
genome may play an important role in the control of life span not only in lower 
eukaryotes, but also in humans.  

  Genetic defects in proteoglycan biosynthesis.

  Quentin-Hoffmann E, Harrach B, Robenek H, Kresse H
  Institute of Physiological Chemistry and Pathobiochemistry, University of 
Munster, Federal Republic of Germany.

  Padiatr Padol  1993  28 (1) p37-41
  An overview on the structure of proteoglycans and on genetic defects in 
proteoglycan biosynthesis is given.  Several patients with progeroid-like 
symptoms have been shown to have abnormalities in the biosynthesis of 
chondroitin/dermatan sulfate proteoglycans.  A partial inactivity of 
galactosyltransferase I which catalyzes the second glycosyl transfer reaction 
in the assembly of glycosaminoglycan chains has been shown to represent the 
primary defect in one of the patients.  A diminished concentration of a 
collagen-associated proteoglycan is considered to play a pathogenetic role in 
the development of loose skin.  

  G2 repair and aging: influence of donor age on chromosomal aberrations in 
human lymphocytes.

  Pincheira J, Gallo C, Bravo M, Navarrete MH, Lopez-Saez JF
  Depto. de Biologia Celular y Genetica, Facultad de Medicina, Universidad de 
Chile, Santiago.

  Mutat Res  Mar 1993  295 (2) p55-62
  The caffeine effects on chromosomal aberration frequency and mean G2 duration 
were studied in human lymphocytes in vitro from three age groups of normal 
donors (I: 1-5 years old, II: 30-40 years old, III: 60-70 years old).  Under 
control conditions, the three age groups showed a similar frequency of 
chromosomal aberrations.  All three age groups exhibited a linear dose response 
for aberrations with caffeine treatments.  However, lymphocytes from aged 
individuals (groups II and III) showed higher chromosomal aberration 
frequencies and longer G2 duration than cells from young individuals 
(group I).  The caffeine effect in reducing G2 length was rather 
similar in every age group.  The reversion of caffeine effects by 
adenosine or niacinamide in lymphocytes from older individuals was 
higher than in cells from group I. The different caffeine effects 
and G2 values between lymphocytes from old and young individuals are 
most likely due to a higher number of DNA lesions reaching G2 phase 
and/or a decrease of the G2 repair capability of lymphocytes from older 

  Different in situ hybridization patterns of mitochondrial DNA in cytochrome c 
oxidase-deficient extraocular muscle fibres in the elderly.

  Muller-Hocker J, Seibel P, Schneiderbanger K, Kadenbach B
  Institute of Pathology, Munich University, Germany.

  Virchows Arch A Pathol Anat Histopathol  1993  422 (1) p7-15
  Previous studies have revealed an increase of cytochrome c oxidase-deficient 
fibres/cells in the skeletal and heart muscle of humans during ageing.  The 
enzyme defect is due to a lack of both mitochondrial and nuclear coded enzyme 
subunits.  In the present investigation in situ hybridization of mitochondrial 
DNA (mtDNA) has been performed on extraocular muscles of humans over 70 years 
of age to show whether mutated mtDNA with the so called common deletion of 
4,977 basepairs at position 8,482-13,460 of mtDNA accumulates in the cytochrome 
c oxidase-deficient fibres.  The cytochrome c oxidase-deficient fibres revealed 
different hybridization patterns: a normal hybridization signal with three 
different mtDNA probes, a reduced or lacking signal with all three probes 
indicating depletion of mtDNA and a selective hybridization defect with the 
probe recognizing the "common deletion" region of mtDNA as evidence of mtDNA 
deletion.  The results suggest that during ageing defects of cytochrome c 
oxidase are associated with different molecular alterations of mtDNA.  Deletion 
and depletion of mtDNA are not the only nor probably the leading mechanisms 
responsible for the loss of respiratory chain capacity during ageing.  The 
normal hybridization signal in most of the cytochrome c oxidase-deficient 
fibres and the loss of mitochondrial and nuclear protein subunits indicate the 
involvement of other, especially nuclear factors.

  A specific CCAAT-binding protein, CBP/tk, may be involved in the regulation 
of thymidine kinase gene expression in human IMR-90 diploid fibroblasts during 

  Pang JH, Chen KY
  Department of Chemistry, Rutgers University, Piscataway, New Jersey 08855-

  J Biol Chem  Feb 5 1993  268 (4) p2909-16
  The aging of IMR-90 human diploid fibroblasts in culture is accompanied by a 
5-7 fold decrease in the level of thymidine kinase (TK) mRNA and TK activity 
(Chang, Z. F., and Chen, K. Y. (1988) J. Biol.  Chem.  263, 11431-11435).  We 
have employed a gel mobility shift analysis to investigate the molecular basis 
of the age-dependent attenuation of TK gene expression.  Several cis-elements 
including two inverted CCAAT boxes, located at base pairs (bp) -36 and -67, and 
GC-rich Sp1 binding sites have been identified in the TK promoter.  A 28-bp (-
91 to -64) fragment containing the distal inverted CCAAT element was excised 
from the TK promoter to examine possible differences in nuclear protein binding 
between young and old IMR-90 cells.  A prominent DNA-protein complex was 
identified in serum-stimulated young cells by a gel mobility shift assay.  
Competition analysis indicated that the binding was highly specific.  The 
nuclear protein responsible for the complex formation was named CBP/tk (CCAAT 
Binding Protein for TK gene) since methylation interference assay showed that 
the inverted CCAAT box was involved in binding.  The appearance of the CBP/tk-
28-bp complex in IMR-90 cells was (i) serum-dependent, becoming prominent 12-24 
h after serum stimulation, and (ii) age-dependent, prominent only in young but 
not in old IMR-90 cells.  Similar serum- and age-dependent complex formations 
were also observed using a 67-bp fragment (-63 to +4) containing the proximal 
CCAAT element and a TATA box.  In contrast, the binding activities for the Sp1 
sequence were the same in young and old cells and appeared to be serum-
independent.  CBP/tk binding activity in nuclear extracts was abolished by heat 
(60 degrees C, 5 min) or treatment with proteinase K (0.1 microgram/ml) and 
sodium dodecyl sulfate (0.005%), but not by Nonidet P-40 or Triton X-100.  
Treatment of nuclear extracts with alkaline phosphatase or lectins 
(concanavalin A and wheat germ agglutinin) did not affect the binding activity.  
Metal chelators such as 1,10-ortho-phenanthroline (0.5 mM) inhibited the CBP/tk 
binding activity.  Cycloheximide added to the serum-stimulated cultures at an 
early or mid-G1 phase inhibited the CBP/tk binding activity.  The half-life of 
the serum-induced CBP/tk binding activity was estimated to be less than 1 
...jeez..read the marathon abstract from the article itself!

  Insulin-degrading enzyme is differentially expressed and developmentally 
regulated in various rat tissues.

  Kuo WL, Montag AG, Rosner MR
  Ben May Institute, University of Chicago, Illinois 60637.

  Endocrinology  Feb 1993  132 (2) p604-11
  Insulin-degrading enzyme (IDE), a cytosolic metalloendoprotease, can degrade 
insulin, insulin-like growth factor-II, insulin-like growth factor-I, and 
transforming growth factor-alpha.  While IDE has been implicated in the 
cellular degradation of insulin, other physiological functions of this enzyme 
are not known.  To assess the possible role of IDE in cellular growth and 
development, we determined the tissue and developmental distribution of the 
enzyme.  Rat IDE cDNA fragments and antibodies directed against human IDE were 
used to probe IDE transcripts and proteins in rat tissues.  The results 
demonstrate that IDE transcripts are ubiquitous in rat tissues.  The level of 
rIDE transcripts is high in adult rat testis, tongue, and brain, moderate in 
kidney, prostate, heart, muscle, liver, intestine, and skin, and low in spleen, 
lung, thymus, and uterus.  The sizes of the major transcripts of rIDE are 3.4 
and 6.3 kilobases in all tissues analyzed, except testis.  Surprisingly, the 
highest level of rIDE mRNA in the adult rat was in the testis, and the major 
transcripts of rIDE in this tissue were shifted in size to 3.8 and 6.7 
kilobases.  Immunocytochemical analysis localized the rIDE mainly in the 
epithelium of prostate gland and kidney, and the cytosol of liver hepatocytes.  
During rat development from 6-7 days of age to adulthood, rIDE mRNA levels 
increased in brain, testis, and tongue, decreased in muscle and skin, and did 
not significantly change in other tissues examined.  These studies reveal 
regulation of IDE or IDE-related genes in rat tissues and during rat 
development, suggesting that this enzyme may have multiple functions relating 
to cellular growth and development.

  Acrometageria: a spectrum of "premature aging" syndromes.

  Greally JM, Boone LY, Lenkey SG, Wenger SL, Steele MW
  Department of Pediatrics, University of Pittsburgh, PA.

  Am J Med Genet  Oct 1 1992  44 (3) p334-9
  A child with manifestations of acrogeria and metageria, two "premature aging" 
syndromes, is presented.  Because of his indistinct phenotype and because the 
question has been previously raised as to whether these conditions are 
separate, we propose the designation of acrometageria to describe this 
phenotypic continuum.  As there is much in common clinically between 
acrometageria and the syndrome of type III procollagen deficiency (Ehlers-
Danlos type IV), it might be presumed that a similar pathogenesis for 
acrometageria exists.  This possibility has been tested previously, without 
demonstrating specific quantitative or qualitative deficits, but with some 
indirect evidence that collagen metabolism is deranged in these patients.  One 
such crude indicator is the elevation of urinary hyaluronic acid levels, 
demonstrated in our patient and also observed in the phenotypically distinct 
Werner and Hutchinson-Gilford premature aging syndromes.  On one hand, it could 
be argued that this supports the concept that premature aging syndromes exist 
as a biological continuum.  On the other hand, it is equally valid to argue 
that syndromes of premature aging are so described merely because they include 
recognizable changes of normal aging and that the demonstration of an 
underlying mutation in a collagen gene, for example, invalidates their study as 
models of accelerated normal aging.

  Mitochondrial DNA mutation associated with aging and degenerative disease.

  Nagley P, Mackay IR, Baumer A, Maxwell RJ, Vaillant F, Wang ZX, Zhang C, 
Linnane AW
  Centre for Molecular Biology and Medicine, Monash University, Clayton, 
Victoria, Australia.

  Ann N Y Acad Sci  Dec 26 1992  673 p92-102
  Previous theories of aging based on somatic mutation neglected mtDNA, which 
has a high propensity for mutational error.  Knowledge of yeast mtDNA mutations 
and their functional effects, and of human mtDNA mutations identified in the 
mitochondrial cytopathies, provides for a concept of aging based on the 
cumulative effect of mutations affecting human mtDNA.  An essential feature of 
this concept is heteroplasmy, representing mixtures of normal and mutant mtDNA 
at the cellular and mitochondrial level, resulting in a "tissue mosaic" of 
focal bioenergetic deficits.  Direct evidence for the concept is provided by 
(i) focal loss of staining for mitochondrially encoded enzymes, such as 
cytochrome c oxidase, in tissues of aged individuals (humans and rats) and (ii) 
an age-related increase in deletional mutations in mtDNA demonstrable by 
application of the polymerase chain reaction to DNA templates from individuals 
of different ages.  

  Oxidants are a major contributor to aging.

  Ames BN, Shigenaga MK
  Division of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, University of California, 
Berkeley 94720.

  Ann N Y Acad Sci  Nov 21 1992  663 p85-96
  Very high level oxidative damage to DNA occurs during normal metabolism.  In 
each rat cell the steady-state level of this damage is estimated to be about 
10(6) oxidative adducts, and about 10(5) new adducts are formed daily.  This 
endogenous DNA damage appears to be a major contributor to aging and to the 
degenerative diseases associated with aging such as cancer.  The oxidative 
damage rate in mammalian species with a high metabolic rate, short life span, 
and high age-specific cancer rate such as rats is much higher than the rate in 
humans, long-lived mammals with a lower metabolic rate and a lower age-specific 
cancer rate.  It is argued that deficiency of micronutrients that protect 
against oxidative DNA damage is a major contributor to human cancer.  
Epidemiological studies, a large body of experimental evidence, and theoretical 
work on the mechanisms of carcinogenesis point to mitogenesis as a major 
contributor to cancer.  Dividing cells compared to nondividing cells are at an 
enormously increased risk for mutations in part due to the conversion of DNA 
adducts to mutations.  Mitogenesis also increases the probability of gene 
amplification and loss of 5-methylcytosine.  Dietary interventions that lower 
mitogenesis, such as calorie restriction, decrease the incidence of cancer.

  Enzymes of DNA metabolism in a patient with the Wiedemann-Rautenstrauch 
progeroid syndrome.

  Mazzarello P, Verri A, Mondello C, Colombo S, Maga G, Spadari S, Focher F
  Istituto di Genetica Biochimica ed Evoluzionistica, CNR Pavia, Italy.

  Ann N Y Acad Sci  Nov 21 1992  663 p440-1

  Sensitivity to genotoxic agents and immunological status in a case of 
Werner's syndrome.

  Monti D, Cossarizza A, Chiricolo M, Vannini P, Ciavarella A, Franceschi C
  Istituto di Patologia Generale, University of Modena, Italy.

  Ann N Y Acad Sci  Nov 21 1992  663 p429-31
  Cytogenetic and DNA repair studies in a patient affected by the neonatal 
progeroid syndrome.

  Chessa L, Bastianon V, Del Porto G, Nardo T, Stefanini M
  Dipartimento di Medicina Sperimentale, Rome, Italy.

  Ann N Y Acad Sci  Nov 21 1992  663 p423-5

  Genomic instability and aging. Studies in centenarians (successful aging) and 
in patients with Down's syndrome (accelerated aging).

  Franceschi C, Monti D, Scarfi MR, Zeni O, Temperani P, Emilia G, Sansoni P, 
Lioi MB, Troiano L, Agnesini C, et al
  Institute of General Pathology, University of Modena, Italy.

  Ann N Y Acad Sci  Nov 21 1992  663 p4-16

  Genomic heterogeneity of DNA repair. Role in aging?

  Hanawalt PC, Gee P, Ho L, Hsu RK, Kane CJ
  Department of Biological Sciences, Stanford University, California 94305-

  Ann N Y Acad Sci  Nov 21 1992  663 p17-25
  The introduction and repair of DNA lesions are generally heterogeneous with 
respect to different genomic domains.  In particular, the repair of helix-
distorting damage, such as the cyclobutane pyrimidine dimers (CPD) induced by 
ultraviolet light occurs selectively in expressed genes.  This is due in large 
part to the preferential repair of transcribed DNA strands, which is then 
reflected in a bias toward mutagenesis from persisting lesions in 
nontranscribed strands.  Consequently, determination of overall genomic repair 
efficiencies may not be a good indicator of cellular sensitivity to agents that 
damage DNA.  Although some studies suggest an age-related accumulation of 
altered nucleotides in DNA, we do not know the intragenomic distribution of 
those changes and whether they are relevant to the physiological aspects of 
aging.  Subtle changes in the pattern of preferential repair during maturation 
could have profound effects on cell and tissue function.  DNA repair has been 
analyzed in differentiating cell systems as possible models for aging.  We have 
observed attenuated overall repair of CPD in differentiated rat myoblasts or 
PC12 neuron-like cells.  In both model systems, several expressed genes have 
been shown to be repaired relatively efficiently but without strand specificity.  
In another model system of human HT1080 fibroblasts differentiating in the 
presence of dexamethasone, we demonstrated enhanced repair in the gene for 
plasminogen activator inhibitor I whose transcription is induced and, 
correspondingly, a reduced repair rate in the urokinase plasminogen activator 
gene whose transcription is suppressed.  We conclude that any attempted 
correlation of the phenomena of aging with DNA repair should focus on the 
relevant genes in the tissue of interest.  

  Protein oxidation in aging brain.

  Smith CD, Carney JM, Tatsumo T, Stadtman ER, Floyd RA, Markesbery WR
  Department of Neurology, University of Kentucky Medical Center, Lexington 

  Ann N Y Acad Sci  Nov 21 1992  663 p110-9
  Aging and cellular defense mechanisms.

  Giacomoni PU
  Department of Biology, Laboratoires de Recherche de L'OREAL, Aulnay sous 
bois, France.

  Ann N Y Acad Sci  Nov 21 1992  663 p1-3

  Report on a case of Hutchinson-Gilford progeria, with special reference to 
orthopedic problems.

  Fernandez-Palazzi F, McLaren AT, Slowie DF
  Head Service C of Orthopedics, Hospital San Juan de Dios, Caracas, Venezuela.

  Eur J Pediatr Surg  Dec 1992  2 (6) p378-82
  Hutchinson-Gilford progeria is a very rare syndrome of premature aging and 
often features many orthopedic abnormalities.  This is a case report on a young 
boy suffering from progeria.  His orthopedic history included bilateral talus 
deformities of the feet, bilateral dislocated hips, pes planus, a fractured 
femur (which healed without complications), aseptic necrosis in the left 
nuclear head of the femur, bilateral fixed hip flexion deformities, bone 
dysplasia, osteoporosis and osteolysis.

  Cerebral infarction in progeria.

  Wagle WA, Haller JS, Cousins JP
  Department of Radiology, Albany Medical Center, NY 12208.

  Pediatr Neurol  Nov-Dec 1992  8 (6) p476-7

  Overview: mechanisms of antioxidant action on life span.

  Warner HR
  Biology of Aging Program, National Institute on Aging, Bethesda, MD 20892.

  Toxicol Ind Health  Jan-Apr 1993  9 (1-2) p151-61

  Age-associated oxygen damage and mutations in mitochondrial DNA in human 

  Hayakawa M, Hattori K, Sugiyama S, Ozawa T
  Department of Biomedical Chemistry, Faculty of Medicine, University of 
Nagoya, Japan.

  Biochem Biophys Res Commun  Dec 15 1992  189 (2) p979-85
  Some mutations in mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) causing a number of neuromuscular 
diseases are suggested to arise spontaneously during the life of an 
individual.  To substantiate the extent and the rate of these somatic 
mutations, mtDNA specimens from post-mortem human heart muscles of subjects 
in differing age groups were hydrolyzed.  8-Hydroxy-deoxyguanosine (8-OH-dG),
a hydroxyl-radical adduct of deoxyguanosine, in mtDNA, was quantitatively 
determined using a micro high-performance liquid chromatography/mass 
spectrometry system.  In each specimen, the mtDNA with a 7.4 kilo base-pair 
deletion was quantified by the kinetic polymerase chain reaction method.  
In association with age, the 8-OH-dG content accumulated exponentially up to 
1.5% with a correlative increase in the content of the deleted mtDNA 
up to 7%.  Clear correlation between the 8-OH-dG content in mtDNA and the 
population of mtDNA with a deletion (r = 0.93, P < 0.01) gives insight 
into the mechanism for the generation of a large deletion.  These results 
indicate that accumulation of somatically acquired oxygen damage together 
with age-associated mutations in mtDNA which lead to bioenergetic 
deficiency and the heart muscle weakness are inevitable in human life.

  The effect of Ninjinyoeito on Werner's syndrome skin fibroblasts.

  Uchiyama Y, Nakajima S, Ohno T, Goto M, Kan M, Haruki E
  Kanagawa Rehabilitation Institute, Japan.

  Am J Chin Med  1992  20 (3-4) p295-305
  The effect of Ninjinyoeito on three cases of Werner's syndrome fibroblasts 
was investigated.  In all three cases, groups which were treated with 
Ninjinyoeito showed improved life-span doubling levels compared to groups which 
were not treated with Ninjinyoeito.  Also, all of the treated group in all 
three cases showed significantly higher values in the rates of DNA synthesis 
including two cases which showed significantly higher rates of protein 

  Analyses of mitochondrial respiratory chain function and mitochondrial DNA 
deletion in human skeletal muscle: effect of ageing.

  Cooper JM, Mann VM, Schapira AH
  Department of Neuroscience, Royal Free Hospital School of Medicine, London, 

  J Neurol Sci  Nov 1992  113 (1) p91-8
  The analysis of human skeletal muscle mitochondria revealed a progressive 
decline in mitochondrial respiratory chain function with age.  The activities 
affected to the greatest extent were those of complexes I and IV which were 
decreased by 59% and 47% respectively between the ages of 20-30 years and 60-90 
years of age.  Quantitation of the 5 kb 'common' deletion of mtDNA using PCR 
revealed a progressive accumulation with age, from approximately 1 in 100,000 
at 21 years to 1 in 10,000 at 56 years and 1 in 5000 at 78 years of age.  The 
low absolute levels of this mutation are unlikely to contribute significantly 
to the observed mitochondrial dysfunction.

  Accumulation of deletions in human mitochondrial DNA during normal aging: 
analysis by quantitative PCR.

  Simonetti S, Chen X, DiMauro S, Schon EA
  Department of Neurology, Columbia University, New York, NY 10032.

  Biochim Biophys Acta  Dec 10 1992  1180 (2) p113-22
  We have developed a quantitative PCR technique to measure the amount of a 
specific mitochondrial DNA deletion (delta mtDNA), the so-called 'common 
deletion', in human tissues.  Using this method, we estimate that there is a 
10,000-fold increase in this delta mtDNA species in muscle during the course of 
the normal human lifespan.  The maximum amount of common deletion observed in 
aged muscle was approx.  0.1%.  Tissues that turn-over slowly, such as skeletal 
muscle and heart, contained more delta mtDNA than more rapidly dividing 
tissues, such as liver, in agreement with studies performed by others.

  Werner syndrome: molecular genetics and mechanistic hypotheses.

  Monnat RJ Jr
  Department of Pathology SM-30, University of Washington, Seattle, 98195.

  Exp Gerontol  Jul-Aug 1992  27 (4) p447-53
  Isolation and characterization of gene sequences overexpressed in Werner 
syndrome fibroblasts during premature replicative senescence.

  Thweatt R, Murano S, Fleischmann RD, Goldstein S
  Department of Medicine, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, Little 

  Exp Gerontol  Jul-Aug 1992  27 (4) p433-40

  Metalloproteinase and TIMP-1 gene expression during replicative senescence.

  Millis AJ, McCue HM, Kumar S, Baglioni C
  Department of Biological Sciences, State University of New York, Albany 

  Exp Gerontol  Jul-Aug 1992  27 (4) p425-8
  Inhibitors of DNA synthesis derived from senescent human diploid fibroblasts.

  Smith JR
  Huffington Center on Aging, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas 77030.

  Exp Gerontol  Jul-Aug 1992  27 (4) p409-12

  Addition of nuclear DNA content to the AMES risk-group classification for 
papillary thyroid cancer.

  Pasieka JL, Zedenius J, Auer G, Grimelius L, Hoog A, Lundell G, Wallin G, 
Backdahl M
  Department of Surgery, Karolinska Hospital and Institute, Stockholm, Sweden.

  Surgery  Dec 1992  112 (6) p1154-9, discussion 1159-60
  BACKGROUND.  The purpose of this study was to prospectively assess whether 
nuclear DNA content added prognostic value to existing risk factors in patients 
with papillary thyroid cancer.  METHODS.  Nuclear DNA content was measured both 
on the fine needle aspiration material and the surgical specimen in 73 patients 
with primary or recurrent papillary thyroid cancer.  We modified the existing 
age of patient, presence of distant metastases, extent and size of the tumor 
(AMES) risk-group classification to include DNA ploidy with AMES (DAMES).  
Patients with euploid tumors that were AMES low risk were considered to be 
DAMES low risk, patients with euploid tumors that were AMES high risk became 
intermediate risk, and patients with aneuploid tumors that were AMES high risk 
became DAMES high risk.  RESULTS.  Forty-eight patients were in the DAMES low-
risk group.  Recurrences and/or distant metastases developed in only four (8%) 
of these patients.  Twenty-two patients were in the DAMES intermediate-risk 
group.  Twelve (55%) of the intermediate-risk group had residual, recurrent, or 
distant metastatic disease, with one death from cancer at 120 months.  Three 
patients were in the DAMES high-risk group.  Distant metastases developed in 
all three patients, who died within 24 months from thyroid cancer.  A 
statistically significant difference existed in the development of 
recurrence/metastases or death from cancer in the DAMES high-risk group 
compared with the other risk groups combined.  CONCLUSIONS.  Nuclear DNA 
content adds prognostic value to the existing AMES risk-group classification.  
Because DNA analysis on fine needle aspiration correlated well with the 
surgical specimen DNA analysis, this modified classification can be used 
perioperatively to further individualize the treatment of patients with 
papillary thyroid cancer.

  The rate of DNA damage and aging.

  Simic MG
  Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology, School of Pharmacy, University of 
Maryland, Baltimore 21201.

  EXS  1992  62 p20-30  <---pl dont ask me which journal this is!
  A new theory of aging based on the rate of DNA damage is presented, and the 
relationship between the rate of oxidative DNA damage and maximum life span 
(MLS) of mammalian species is explored.  In humans the level of oxidative DNA 
damage, as measured by urinary biomarkers, can be modulated by caloric 
restriction and dietary composition.  Consequently, longevity may depend not 
only on the basal metabolic rate but also on dietary caloric intake and the 
type of diet.  The theory may provide the basis for a practical approach for 
reduction of degenerative diseases in general, extension of life expectancy, 
and optimization of individual lifestyles.  

  Telomere length predicts replicative capacity of human fibroblasts.

  Allsopp RC, Vaziri H, Patterson C, Goldstein S, Younglai EV, Futcher AB, 
Greider CW, Harley CB
  Department of Biochemistry, McMaster University, Hamilton, ON, Canada.

  Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A  Nov 1 1992  89 (21) p10114-8
  When human fibroblasts from different donors are grown in vitro, only a small 
fraction of the variation in their finite replicative capacity is explained by 
the chronological age of the donor.  Because we had previously shown that 
telomeres, the terminal guanine-rich sequences of chromosomes, shorten 
throughout the life-span of cultured cells, we wished to determine whether 
variation in initial telomere length would account for the unexplained 
variation in replicative capacity.  Analysis of cells from 31 donors (aged 0-93 
yr) indicated relatively weak correlations between proliferative ability and 
donor age (m = -0.2 doubling per yr, r = -0.42, P = 0.02) and between telomeric 
DNA and donor age (m = -15 base pairs per yr, r = -0.43, P = 0.02).  However, 
there was a striking correlation, valid over the entire age range of the 
donors, between replicative capacity and initial telomere length (m = 10 
doublings per kilobase pair, r = 0.76, P = 0.004), indicating that cell strains 
with shorter telomeres underwent significantly fewer doublings than those with 
longer telomeres.  These observations suggest that telomere length is a 
biomarker of somatic cell aging in humans and are consistent with a causal role 
for telomere loss in this process.  We also found that fibroblasts from 
Hutchinson-Gilford progeria donors had short telomeres, consistent with their 
reduced division potential in vitro.  In contrast, telomeres from sperm DNA did 
not decrease with age of the donor, suggesting that a mechanism for maintaining 
telomere length, such as telomerase expression, may be active in germ-line 

  Age-dependent increases of DNA adducts (I-compounds) in human and rat brain 

  Randerath K, Putman KL, Osterburg HH, Johnson SA, Morgan DG, Finch CE
  Department of Pharmacology, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX 77030.

  Mutat Res  Jan 1993  295 (1) p11-8
  Brain DNA from 20 humans ranging in age from neonatal to 100 years was 
analyzed by the nuclease P1-enhanced version of the 32P-postlabeling assay for 
bulky covalently modified nucleotides.  A reproducible pattern of three 32P-
labeled spots was obtained by thin-layer chromatography followed by 
autoradiography.  Two of these spots increased with age (Mann-Whitney U-test, P 
< 0.001, comparison of ages < or = 60 years and ages > 60 years).  Thus, these 
spots met the definition of I-compounds.  Rat brain DNA exhibited the same two 
I-spots, whose intensities also increased with animal age (1, 4, and 10 
months).  In humans, considerable individual variation of brain I-compound 
levels was observed, especially at ages > 60 years, presumably reflecting 
environmental, life-style, or genetic factors.  This variation was not 
noted for brain DNA of laboratory rats.  Thus, human brain DNA undergoes 
progressive covalent modifications with aging.

  Exogenous and endogenous DNA modifications as monitored by 32P-postlabeling: 
relationships to cancer and aging.

  Randerath K, Li D, Nath R, Randerath E
  Department of Pharmacology, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas 77030.

  Exp Gerontol  Sep-Dec 1992  27 (5-6) p533-49
  32P-postlabeling analysis, a highly sensitive method for the detection and 
measurement of covalent carcinogen-DNA adducts and other DNA modifications, 
does not require radioactive test substances and, therefore, can be applied to 
DNA of mammals, including humans exposed to low doses of environmental or 
occupational genotoxicants.  The basic procedure entails the enzymatic 
incorporation of 32P-label into hydrolysis products of DNA, followed by 
chromatographic mapping and autoradiography of the 32P-labeled digestion 
products and quantitative scintillation spectrometry.  Microgram amounts of DNA 
are analyzed: Thus the assay is suited for limited amount of cells or tissues.  
Various versions of the assay afford different sensitivities of adduct 
detection.  A single aromatic or bulky/hydrophobic adduct in 10(8)-10(10) 
nucleotides can be detected and measured (corresponding to 0.3-30 amol 
adduct/micrograms DNA or 0.1-10 nmol adduct/mol DNA-P).  In animal models, the 
assay has been successfully applied to a variety of mutagenic (genotoxic) as 
well as nonmutagenic carcinogens.  In humans, DNA specimens from cigarette 
smokers, iron foundry workers, and coke oven workers whose total aromatic 
adduct levels ranged from 1 adduct in 10(6)-10(8) DNA nucleotides have been 
examined by 32P-postlabeling.  The assay also detects DNA modifications 
Indigenous (I)-compounds that increase with age in untreated animals.  I-
compound profiles and levels are highly species-, strain-, sex-, and tissue-
specific, and also depend on diet composition.  Caloric restriction, a highly 
efficient method for improving resistance to carcinogenesis and extending life 
span, increased rather than decreased I-compound levels in various tissues of 
male rats.  Nonmutagenic hepatocarcinogens reduced levels of I-compounds in the 
target organ.  Because of the specificity of this effect, reduction of I-
compound levels appears to represent a novel biomarker for the action of 
nonmutagenic carcinogens.  DNA from various hepatomas was found largely devoid 
of I-compounds.  The results support a possible antineoplastic and antiaging 
role of these DNA modifications.  

  Characterization of the absence of an unique DNA-binding protein in senescent 
but not in their young growing and nongrowing counterparts provides the means 
to mark the final stage of the cellular aging process.

  Wang E
  Bloomfield Centre for Research in Aging, Lady Davis Institute, Jewish General 
Hospital, Montreal, Quebec, Canada.

  Exp Gerontol  Sep-Dec 1992  27 (5-6) p503-17
  In senescent fibroblasts, the incapability of cell replication is permanent, 
and may involve the irreversible loss of gene expressions potentiating the 
engagement in DNA replication.  The initial attempt is to identify gene 
products that are permanently lost in irreversibly growth-arrested cells.  In 
this article, we report the success in identifying a DNA-associated S6 antigen 
found in the nuclei of growing and growth-arrested young cells, but not in the 
nuclei of their senescent counterparts.  The presence of the S6 antigen is 
uniform throughout the nucleoplasm, except in the regions of the nucleoli, and 
found to be associated with condensed chromosomes in mitotic cells.  Treatment 
with RNase does not abolish the antibody staining activity in the nuclei, while 
treatment with DNase does remove the activity.  Equal intensity of S6 antibody 
staining is observed in transformed, growing, and contact-inhibited young 
fibroblasts.  Significant reduced level of S6 antibody staining activity is 
found in the nuclei of senescent fibroblasts, indicating the loss of the 
expression of this protein during cellular aging process.  Immunoblotting assay 
shows that the S6 antigen is of 50 kDa and with a possibility of a 100 kDa as a 
dimeric precursor.  Our results suggests that a permanent turning off of unique 
gene expression is associated with the onset of senescence or terminal 
differentiation, and this hypothesis is supported by the characterization of S6 
antigen's absence in in vitro-aged fibroblasts.  

  Growth hormone binding protein in Werner's syndrome.

  Hattori N, Hino M, Ikekubo K, Ishihara T, Moridera K, Kurahachi H
  Department of Endocrinology, Kobe City General Hospital, Japan.

  Clin Endocrinol (Oxf)  Apr 1992  36 (4) p351-3
  OBJECTIVE GH and growth hormone binding protein in Werner's syndrome were 
investigated to elucidate their relation to the short stature.  DESIGN The 
levels of GH binding protein and GH response to insulin-induced hypoglycaemia 
were determined.  GH binding protein levels and its Scatchard analysis in 
Werner's syndrome were compared with those in normal subjects.  PATIENTS Three 
patients with Werner's syndrome (one man aged 45 years and two women aged 39 
and 38 years) and 41 normal subjects (18 men and 23 women aged 39.3 +/- 5.5 
years, mean +/- SD) were studied.  MEASUREMENTS GH binding protein levels were 
determined using an Ultrogel AcA44 minicolumn and GH levels were measured by a 
highly sensitive enzyme immunoassay.  RESULTS Two out of three patients with 
Werner's syndrome had GH binding protein levels above the mean +/- 2SD value in 
normal subjects.  GH secretion was impaired in Werner's syndrome as judged by 
the low GH response to insulin-induced hypoglycaemia.  CONCLUSIONS Elevated GH 
binding protein levels may lead to an increase in the bound form of GH, which 
is probably less bioactive, resulting in growth failure in association with the 
impaired GH secretion in Werner's syndrome.

  The role of DNA damage and its repair in the aging process.

  Grossman L
  Department of Biochemistry, Johns Hopkins University, School of Hygiene and 
Public Health, Baltimore, MD 21205.

  Aging (Milano)  Sep 1992  4 (3) p252-5

  Effect of insulin on the proline transport activity in cultured fibroblasts 
from patients with Werner syndrome.

  Bannai C, Bannai S, Okuda Y, Yamashita K

  Department of Endocrinology and Metabolism, Tsukuba University Medical 
School, Ibaraki, Japan.

  Biochem Med Metab Biol  Oct 1992  48 (2) p174-6
  The effect of insulin on the transport of proline has been studied in 
cultured fibroblasts from normal individuals, non-insulin-dependent diabetic 
patients, and patients with Werner syndrome.  In fibroblasts from normal 
individuals and those with diabetes mellitus, incubation with 10(-7) M insulin 
resulted in more than a twofold increase in the transport rate after about 14 h 
incubation.  In contrast, fibroblasts from patients with Werner syndrome had a 
markedly attenuated response to insulin, suggesting a defect in insulin action 
on the transport of this amino acid in Werner syndrome.

  Senescent human fibroblasts are more sensitive to the effects of a phorbol 
ester on macromolecular synthesis and growth characteristics.

  Derventzi A, Rattan SI, Clark BF
  Department of Chemistry, Aarhus University, Denmark.
  Biochem Int  Aug 1992  27 (5) p903-11
  4-beta-phorbol-12-beta-myristate-13-alpha-acetate (PMA) alters cellular 
growth properties by modulating gene expression in a wide variety of cell types.  
Human diploid fibroblasts MRC-5 were treated with PMA at different phases of 
their lifespan in vitro and the alterations of their short-term growth 
characteristics and macromolecular synthesis in response to PMA were analysed.  
PMA stimulates DNA and RNA synthesis in both Phase II (young) and Phase III 
(senescent) MRC-5 cells.  Treatment of senescent cells with various PMA 
concentrations results in a greater stimulation of DNA and RNA synthesis than 
that in young cells.  Senescent cells are also more sensitive to the PMA-
induced alterations of growth characteristics and higher concentrations of PMA 
become toxic for them.  The age-related alterations of cellular responsiveness 
are also apparent in the gradual loss of responsiveness to serum, observed in 
parallel with the increased sensitivity to PMA.  Furthermore, serum-induced 
stimulation of macromolecular synthesis is inhibited by PMA.  Since it is known 
that serum and PMA elicit their effects via different signal transduction 
pathways, our results point to suggest the differential regulation of the 
signalling mechanisms during cellular ageing.

  Hypothesis: a damaging role in aging for reactive protein oxidation products?

  Dean RT, Gebicki J, Gieseg S, Grant AJ, Simpson JA
  Cell Biology Group, Heart Research Institute, Sydney, Australia.

  Mutat Res  Sep 1992  275 (3-6) p387-93
  This paper discusses our knowledge of protein oxidation and its relationship 
to aging.  It also outlines new observations from our laboratories concerning 
reactive species produced during protein oxidation, and proposes that these may 
inflict damage on other molecules, and hence contribute to the progression of 
aging.  Whereas it has previously been difficult to see how relatively inert 
protein oxidation products could possibly have any causal role in aging, the 
detection of these novel reactive species implies a potentially significant 

  DNA damage and repair in brain: relationship to aging.

  Rao KS, Loeb LA
  Neurobiochemistry Laboratory, School of Life Sciences, University of 
Hyderabad, India.

  Mutat Res  Sep 1992  275 (3-6) p317-29
  The usefulness of conducting DNA damage and repair studies in a postmitotic 
tissue like brain is emphasized.  We review studies that use brain as a tissue 
to test the validity of the DNA damage and repair hypothesis of aging.  As far 
as the accumulation of age dependent DNA damage is concerned, the data appear 
to overwhelmingly support the hypothesis.  However, attempts to demonstrate a 
decline in DNA repair capacity as a function of age are conflicting and equally 
divided.  Possible reasons for this discrepancy are discussed.  It is suggested 
that assessment of the repair capacity of neurons with respect to a specific 
type of damage in a specific gene might yield more definitive answers regarding 
the role of DNA repair potential in the aging process and as a longevity 
assurance system.  

  Oxidative and other DNA damages as the basis of aging: a review.

  Holmes GE, Bernstein C, Bernstein H
  Department of Microbiology, College of Medicine, Howard University, 
Washington, DC 20059.

  Mutat Res  Sep 1992  275 (3-6) p305-15
  DNA damages occur continuously in cells of living organisms.  While most of 
these damages are repaired, some accumulate.  In particular, there is evidence 
for DNA damage accumulation in non-dividing cells of mammals.  These 
accumulated DNA damages probably interfere with RNA transcription.  We consider 
that the decline in the ability of DNA to serve as a template for gene 
expression is the primary cause of aging.  Oxidative DNA damages are among the 
best documented and prevalent DNA damages and are likely to be a prominent 
cause of aging.  

  Reactive oxygen and DNA damage in mitochondria.

  Richter C
  Laboratory of Biochemistry I, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH), 

  Mutat Res  Sep 1992  275 (3-6) p249-55
  During the last decade the importance of reactive oxygen species as major 
contributors to various types of cancer, heart diseases, cataracts, Parkinson's 
and other degenerative diseases that come with age, and to natural aging has 
become apparent.  Mitochondria are the most important intracellular source of 
reactive oxygen.  Mitochondrial DNA is heavily damaged by reactive oxygen at 
the bases, as indicated by the high steady-state level of 8-
hydroxydeoxyguanosine, the presence of which causes mispairing and point 
mutations.  Mitochondrial DNA is also oxidatively fragmented to a certain 
extent.  Conceivably, such fragmentation relates to deletions found in 
mitochondrial DNA.  Point mutations and deletions have recently been shown to 
be etiologically linked to several human diseases and natural aging.  Future 
studies should address the causal relationship between mitochondrial 
dysfunction, production of reactive oxygen species, and aging.  

  New evidence for the insertion of mitochondrial DNA into the human genome: 
significance for cancer and aging.

  Shay JW, Werbin H
  University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Department of Cell Biology 
and Neuroscience, Dallas 75235-9039.

  Mutat Res  Sep 1992  275 (3-6) p227-35
  We have observed and characterized in detail two cases of mitochondrial DNA 
fragments which have inserted into the nucleus of HeLa cells.  In one case 
three non-sequential but contiguous regions of mitochondrial DNA with 92% 
homology to human cytoplasmic mitochondrial DNA inserted into the nuclear 
genome.  In the second case the mitochondrial DNA sequence encoding cytochrome 
c oxidase subunit III was contiguous with and 5' of exons 2 and 3 of the c-myc 
oncogene and the chimeric gene was transcribed.  Models are presented that 
describe mechanisms for the transfer of mitochondrial DNA into the nucleus 
involving fragmentation of mitochondrial DNA through aging and/or oxidative 
damage, anomalous processing or escape of mitochondrial DNA and RNA fragments 
from autophagic vacuoles, and insertion of mitochondrial DNA sequences, in some 
instances after reverse transcription of mitochondrial RNA, into the nuclear 

  Evidence for and against the causal involvement of mitochondrial DNA mutation 
in mammalian ageing.

  Bittles AH
  Biomedical Sciences Division, King's College, University of London, Strand, 

  Mutat Res  Sep 1992  275 (3-6) p217-25
  Current experimental evidence on the role of mitochondrial DNA mutation in 
ageing is assessed alongside reports implicating other genetic and non-genetic 
causes, including inter-relationships between the mitochondrial and nuclear 
genomes and their potential effect on mitochondrial structure and function.  
The role of a 5-kb mtDNA deletion, identified as age-dependent in a variety of 
human and other mammalian species, is specifically evaluated in the context of 
its functional effect in mitotic and non-mitotic adult tissue.  Downstream 
effects of mitochondrial decline are considered in terms of the maintenance of 
ATP production.  Associated sequelae then are discussed specifically with 
reference to restrictions in the supply of ribose moieties for DNA and RNA 
synthesis, and to disruption of NADPH production and hence cellular anti-
oxidant defences.  

  An update on the mitochondrial-DNA mutation hypothesis of cell aging.

  Miquel J
  Laboratorio de Neurogerontologia, Facultad de Medicina, San Juan-Alicante, 

  Mutat Res  Sep 1992  275 (3-6) p209-16
  Our electron microscopic study of aging insects and mammals suggests that 
metazoan senescence is linked to a gradual process of mitochondrial breakdown 
(and lipofuscin accumulation) in fixed postmitotic cells.  This led us to 
propose in the early 1980s an oxyradical-mitochondrial DNA damage hypothesis, 
according to which metazoan aging may be caused by mutation, inactivation or 
loss of the mitochondrial genome (mtDNA) in irreversibly differentiated cells.  
This extranuclear somatic gene mutation concept of aging is in agreement with 
the fact that mtDNA synthesis takes place at the inner mitochondrial membrane 
near the sites of formation of highly reactive oxygen species and their 
products.  Mitochondrial DNA may be unable to counteract the damage inflicted 
by those by-products of respiration because, in contrast to the nuclear genome, 
it lacks excision and recombination repair.  Since mtDNA contains the 
structural genes for 13 hydrophobic proteins of the respiratory chain and ATP 
synthase as well as mitochondrial rRNAs and tRNAs, damage to this organellar 
genome will decrease or prevent the 'rejuvenation' of the mitochondria through 
the process of macromolecular turnover and organelle fission.  Thus deprived of 
the ability to regenerate their mitochondria, the fixed postmitotic cells will 
sustain a decrease in the number of functional organelles, with resulting 
decline in ATP production.  At higher levels of biological organization, this 
will lead to a loss in the bioenergetic capacity of cells, with concomitant 
decreases in ATP dependent protein synthesis and specialized physiological 
function, thus paving the way for age related degenerative diseases.  The above 
concept is supported by a wealth of recent observations confirming the genomic 
instability of mitochondria and suggesting that animal and human aging is 
accompanied by mtDNA deletions and other types of injury to the mitochondrial 
genome.  Our hypothesis of mtDNA damage is integrated with the classic concepts 
of Weissman and Minot in order to provide a preliminary explanation of the 
evolutionary roots of aging and reconcile the programed and stochastic views of 
metazoan senescence.  

  Mitochondrial DNA mutation and the ageing process: bioenergy and 
pharmacological intervention.

  Linnane AW, Zhang C, Baumer A, Nagley P
  Department of Biochemistry, Monash University, Clayton, Vic., Australia.

  Mutat Res  Sep 1992  275 (3-6) p195-208
  A comprehensive hypothesis concerning the contribution of mitochondrial DNA 
(mtDNA) mutations to the human ageing process is reviewed and the implications 
for cellular bioenergy loss and pharmacological therapy are considered.  The 
central idea is that random mutations in the population of mtDNA molecules of 
each cell occur throughout life, and that this is a major contributor to the 
gradual loss of cellular bioenergy capacity within tissues and organs, 
associated with general senescence and diseases of ageing.  An elaboration of 
four major aspects of the general proposition, together with relevant 
supporting data, is presented.  (1) An extensive array of deletions in mtDNA of 
many tissues of humans and other mammals has been observed to occur in an age-
related manner.  (2) The preservation and selection of fully functional mtDNA 
molecules in the female germ line cells is proposed to occur via a human mtDNA 
cycle, in which selective amplification of a limited number of mtDNA templates 
occurs during oocyte development.  This proposal explains the endowment of 
normal neonates with a mtDNA complement minimally contaminated by damaged mtDNA 
molecules.  The phenomena of maternal inheritance and rapid fixation of 
sequence variants of mtDNA in mammals, as well as selection of cells based on 
mitochondrial function, are taken into account.  (3) Tissue bioenergy mosaics 
result from accumulated mtDNA damage during ageing, representing different 
rates of cellular bioenergy loss within individual cells of a tissue.  The 
random segregation of mtDNA during cell division will also further contribute 
to the tissue energy mosaic.  Cells unable to meet their particular bioenergy 
demand will become non-functional, leading to cell death, the bioenergy 
threshold is different for the various cell types in the tissues of the body.  
(4) In order to bioenergetically resuscitate cells and tissues suffering from 
impaired mitochondrial functions as a result of the ageing process, we propose 
that redox compounds may be used therapeutically in the pharmacological 
configurations of a by-pass strategy or as a redox sink therapy.  The role of 
these compounds is to maintain at least part of the mitochondrial respiratory 
chain function (by-pass) as well as to maintain adequate levels of cellular 
NAD+ (redox sink) for ATP synthesis, predominantly by the cytosolic glycolytic 
pathway, with some contribution from mitochondrial oxidative phosphorylation.

  Association of mitochondrial DNA damage with aging and coronary 
atherosclerotic heart disease.

  Corral-Debrinski M, Shoffner JM, Lott MT, Wallace DC
  Department of Genetics and Molecular Medicine, Emory University School of 
Medicine, Atlanta, GA 30322.

  Mutat Res  Sep 1992  275 (3-6) p169-80
  The role of somatic mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) damage in human aging and 
progressive diseases of oxidative phosphorylation (OXPHOS) was examined by 
quantitating the accumulation of mtDNA deletions in normal hearts and hearts 
with coronary atherosclerotic disease.  In normal hearts, mtDNA deletions 
appeared after 40 and subsequently accumulated with age.  The common 4977 
nucleotide pair (np) deletion (mtDNA4977) reached a maximum of 0.007%, with the 
mtDNA7436 and mtDNA10,422 deletions appearing at the same time.  In hearts 
deprived of mitochondrial substrates due to coronary artery disease, the level 
of the mtDNA4977 deletion was elevated 7-220-fold over age-matched controls, 
with the mtDNA7436 and mtDNA10,422 deletions increasing in parallel.  This 
cumulative mtDNA damage was associated with a compensatory 3.5-fold induction 
of nuclear OXPHOS gene mRNA and regions of ischemic hearts subjected to the 
greatest work load (left ventricle) showed the greatest accumulation of mtDNA 
damage and OXPHOS gene induction.  These observations support the hypothesis 
that mtDNA damage does accumulate with age and indicates that respiratory 
stress greatly elevates mitochondrial damage.  

  Deleterious mitochondrial DNA mutations accumulate in aging human tissues.

  Arnheim N, Cortopassi G
  Molecular Biology Section, University of Southern California, Los Angeles 

  Mutat Res  Sep 1992  275 (3-6) p157-67
  This paper reviews the current state of knowledge of the contribution of 
mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) mutations to the phenotype of aging.  Its major focus 
is on the discovery of deletions of mtDNA which previously were thought to 
occur only in individuals with neuromuscular disease.  One particular deletion 
(mtDNA4977) accumulates with age primarily in non-dividing cells such as muscle 
and brain of normal individuals.  The level of the deletion rises with age by 
more than 1000 fold in heart and brain and to a lesser extent in other tissues.  
In the brain, different regions have substantially different levels of the 
deletion.  High levels of accumulation of the deletion in tissues are 
correlated with high oxygen consumption.  We speculate that oxidative damage to 
mtDNA may be 'catastrophic', mutations affecting mitochondrially encoded 
polypeptides involved in electron transport could increase free radical 
generation leading to more mtDNA damage.  

  Mitochondrial DNA alterations as ageing-associated molecular events.

  Wei YH
  Department of Biochemistry, National Yang-Ming Medical College, Taipei, 

  Mutat Res  Sep 1992  275 (3-6) p145-55
  Mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) is a naked double-stranded circular 
extrachromosomal genetic element continuously exposed to the matrix that 
contains great amounts of reactive oxygen species and free radicals.  The age-
dependent decline in the capability and capacity of mitochondria to dispose 
these oxy-radicals will render mtDNA more vulnerable to mutations during the 
ageing process.  During the past 3 years, more than 10 different types of 
deletions have been identified in the mtDNA of various tissues of old humans.  
Some of them were found only in a certain tissue but some others appeared in 
more than one organ or tissue.  The 4977-bp deletion is the most prevalent and 
abundant one among these deletions.  Skeletal muscle is the target tissue of 
most ageing-associated mtDNA deletions and has often been found to carry 
multiple deletions.  The onset age of the various deletions in mtDNA varies 
greatly with individual and type of the deletion.  The 4977-bp deletion has 
been independently demonstrated to occur in the mtDNA of various tissues of the 
human in the early third decade of life.  However, the 7436-bp deletion was 
only detected in the heart mtDNA of human subjects in their late thirties.  The 
others appeared only in older humans over 40 years old.  No apparent sex 
difference was found in the onset age of these ageing-associated mtDNA 
deletions.  The various ageing-associated deletions could be classified into 
two groups.  Most of the deletions belong to the first group, in which the 5'- 
and 3'-end breakpoints of the deletion are flanked by 4-bp or longer direct 
repeats.  The deletion in the second group occurs less frequently and shows no 
distinct repeat sequences flanking the deletion sites.  These two groups of 
mtDNA deletions may occur by different mechanisms.  The first group is most 
probably caused by internal recombination or slippage mispairing during 
replication of mtDNA by the D-loop mechanism.  The deleted mtDNA and the 
deleted DNA fragment may be further degraded or escape from the mitochondria 
and get translocated into the nucleus.  The latter route has been substantiated 
by many observations of inserted mtDNA sequences in the nuclear DNA.  Thus, the 
fragments of migrating mtDNA may change the information content and expression 
level of certain nuclear genes and thereby promote the ageing process or cause 
cancer.  Similar ageing-associated alterations of mtDNA have also been observed 
in aged animals and plants.  I suggest that mtDNA deletions and other mutations 
to be discovered are molecular events generally associated with the ageing 

  Role of impaired intracellular glucose metabolism in the insulin resistance 
of aging.

  Gumbiner B, Thorburn AW, Ditzler TM, Bulacan F, Henry RR
  Department of Medicine, University of Rochester, NY.

  Metabolism  Oct 1992  41 (10) p1115-21
  The insulin resistance of aging is characterized by both reduced glucose 
uptake and impaired intracellular glucose metabolism.  The aim of this study 
was to determine whether impaired intracellular glucose metabolism contributes 
to insulin resistance in the elderly independent of reduced glucose uptake.  To 
address this question, glucose uptake in non-obese elderly males was matched to 
controls using the glucose clamp technique, and intracellular glucose 
metabolism was assessed in vivo by indirect calorimetry and in vitro by 
skeletal muscle biopsy for glycogen synthase activity.  When elderly subjects 
were compared with controls at an equivalent basal glucose uptake of 
approximately 2.5 mg/kg fat-free mass (FFM)/min, muscle glycogen synthase 
activity was similar (fractional velocity of glycogen synthase at 0.1 mmol/L 
glucose-6-phosphate [FV0.1], 0.06 +/- 0.1 and 0.07 +/- 0.1), but whole-body 
rates of glucose oxidation were reduced (1.36 +/- 0.12 v 1.90 +/- 0.11 mg/kg 
FFM/min, P less than .05).  During 40-mU/m2/min hyperinsulinemic clamps at 
matched rates of glucose uptake (approximately 10.7 mg/kg FFM/min in both 
groups), glycogen synthase activity was again similar (FV0.1, 0.15 +/- 0.02 and 
0.14 +/- 0.02), and glucose oxidation remained reduced in the elderly (4.18 +/- 
0.25 v 4.77 +/- 0.17 mg/kg FFM/min, P less than .05).  Only during clamps in 
the maximal range of glucose uptake (approximately 29.5 mg/kg FFM/min) was 
glucose oxidation between the groups comparable (5.97 +/- 0.50 and 5.75 +/- 
0.31 mg/kg FFM/min).  Plasma free fatty acid (FFA) concentrations, fat 
oxidation, and protein oxidation were similar under all study 
conditions....blah!!...hmmm...where is ibuprofen for my fingers..!

  Characterization of osteoporosis in a patient with Werner's syndrome.

  Rubin CD, Zerwekh JE, Reed-Gitomer BY, Pak CY
  Department of Medicine, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, 
Dallas 75235-8889.

  J Am Geriatr Soc  Nov 1992  40 (11) p1161-3

  Stimulation of DNA synthesis in senescent human cells following incubation 
with plasma membranes.

  Frederich KB, Phillips PD, Cristofalo VJ
  Wistar Institute, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19104.

  Exp Cell Res  Oct 1992  202 (2) p386-90
  DNA synthesis and mitosis were increased in mitogen-stimulated senescent WI-
38 cells following incubation with plasma membranes prepared from young or 
senescent WI-38 cells, A431 cells, 3T3 cells, or NR6 cells.  The percentage of 
[3H]thymidine-labeled nuclei in senescent cultures was two- to fivefold greater 
than that seen in controls in which cells were incubated in the absence of 
membranes or in the presence of boiled membranes.  The effect was trypsin 
sensitive, suggesting that a protein moiety is necessary for stimulation of DNA 
synthesis.  As the culture age increased, basal levels of DNA synthesis, as 
well as maximal stimulation of DNA synthesis following incubation with plasma 
membranes, decreased.  These observations are consistent with the hypothesis 
that different subpopulations exist in senescing cultures and suggest a complex 
pattern of inhibitory and stimulatory regulation of cell proliferation.

  Impaired S-phase transit of Werner syndrome cells expressed in lymphoblastoid 
cell lines.

  Poot M, Hoehn H, Runger TM, Martin GM
  Department of Human Genetics, University of Wurzburg, Germany.

  Exp Cell Res  Oct 1992  202 (2) p267-73
  The clinical phenotype of Werner's syndrome (WS) includes short stature, 
premature cataracts, skin atrophy, osteoporosis, graying and loss of hair, 
neoplasia, diabetes mellitus, and arteriosclerosis.  Cultured cells from 
patients with this autosomal recessive disorder exhibit chromosomal instability 
and a markedly reduced replicative lifespan and growth rate.  To elucidate the 
cell cycle alterations associated with the growth deficit, we continuously 
labeled lymphoid cell lines from five WS patients and from four healthy adult 
controls with 5-bromodeoxyuridine.  Bivariate Hoechst 33258/ethidium bromide 
flow cytometry revealed a 2.4-h prolongation in the minimal duration of the S 
phase of WS cells (P less than 0.005).  Moreover, the fraction of proliferating 
cells irreversibly arrested in the S phase (5.4% vs 1.4% in controls) was 
significantly elevated in WS (P less than 0.001).  Other cell cycle 
compartments were not significantly affected in WS cell lines.  As a partial 
test of the hypothesis that the WS phenotype is due to a defect in DNA 
topoisomerase I (topo I) or DNA topoisomerase II (topo II) we exposed lymphoid 
cells from a healthy control to the topo I inhibitor camptothecin or to the 
topo II inhibitor 4'-(9-acridinylamino)methanesulfon-m-anisidine.  The cell 
kinetic alterations elicited by these compounds differed from that exhibited by 
untreated WS patients.  Thus, a primary defect in topo I or II is unlikely in 
WS.  Our cell cycle results, however, provide important evidence that the 
biochemical genetic lesion is in fact expressed in lymphoblastoid cell lines, 
the most readily available cells from such subjects.

  Occurrence of a particular base substitution (3243 A to G) in mitochondrial 
DNA of tissues of ageing humans.

  Zhang C, Linnane AW, Nagley P
  Department of Biochemistry, Monash University, Clayton, Victoria, Australia.

  Biochem Biophys Res Commun  Sep 15 1993  195 (2) p1104-10
  Allele-specific polymerase chain reaction has been used to demonstrate the 
occurrence, during the human ageing process, of the mutation A to G at 
nucleotide position 3243 on mitochondrial DNA.  An oligonucleotide with a 3'-
end specific to this mutation was designed to selectively amplify DNA bearing 
this mutation under annealing temperature conditions that efficiently 
discriminate between normal and mutant mitochondrial DNA templates.  Seven out 
of 38 adult tissues tested were found to contain this mutation, whereas the 
mutation could not be detected in any of the 16 infant tissues analyzed.  The 
present demonstration of an age-related point mutation adds to the growing list 
of mutations in human mitochondrial DNA, till now almost exclusively large 
deletions, that accumulate in human tissues as a function of age.  The method 
described here has general application in the detection of other age-related 
point mutations in human mitochondrial DNA.

  Genetic and molecular basis for cellular senescence.

  Barrett JC, Annab LA, Futreal PA
  Laboratory of Molecular Carcinogenesis, National Institute of Environmental 
Health Sciences, Research Triangle Park, North Carolina 27709.

  Adv Exp Med Biol  1993  330 p27-43
  Normal human and rodent cells in culture exhibit a finite life span at the 
end of which they exhibit morphological changes and cease proliferating, a 
process termed cellular senescence or cellular aging.  Many cancer cells differ 
from normal cells in that they do not senesce and have an indefinite life span 
in culture, suggesting that alterations relating to cellular senescence are 
involved in the neoplastic evolution of tumor cells.  Recent experimental 
results strongly support a genetic basis for cellular senescence.  Defects in 
the senescence program in transformed cells can be corrected by introduction of 
a specific chromosome from normal cells into the abnormal cells.  Using this 
approach, possible senescence genes have been mapped to specific chromosomes.  
Cell cycle control genes that regulate entry into the DNA synthetic phase of 
the cell cycle must be altered in senescent cells.  Recent findings suggest 
that phosphorylation of the retinoblastoma gene is altered in senescent cells.  
It is possible, but not yet proven, that aging at the cellular level 
contributes to the aging of the individual.  Therefore, an understanding of 
cellular senescence at the genetic and molecular levels may provide new 
insights into both the cancer and aging processes.

  Human ovarian aging and mitochondrial DNA deletion.

  Suganuma N, Kitagawa T, Nawa A, Tomoda Y
  Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Nagoya University School of 
Medicine, Japan.

  Horm Res  1993  39 Suppl 1 p16-21
  The functions of human ovary change dynamically around the menopausal period.  
A decrease of the number of primordial follicles and an increase of fibrous 
tissues are observed histologically in the aged ovary.  As endocrinological 
aspects at menopause, the synthesis and secretion of ovarian steroid hormones 
such as estrogens and progesterone decrease, followed with the resultant 
increases of pituitary gonadotropins.  However, the mechanism of menopause and 
ovarian aging is not well understood.  Thus, to study the regulatory mechanism 
of ovarian dysfunction by aging, we analyzed the accumulation of mitochondrial 
DNA (mtDNA) mutation in the human ovary in women of various ages.  The 
amplification of a 5.5-kb region in mtDNA with polymerase chain reaction 
revealed a 0.5-kb band in ovarian samples obtained from menopausal and 
postmenopausal women, which means that the 5.0-kb deletion of mtDNA in ovarian 
tissue starts at the menopausal period.  The close relationship between the 
occurrence of ovarian mtDNA deletion and the menstrual irregularity was also 
observed.  These observations suggest that the accumulation of the deleted 
mtDNA may be a regulating factor of dysfunction of the ovary by aging.

  Close linkage of the gene for Werner's syndrome to ANK1 and D8S87 on the 
short arm of chromosome 8.

  Nakura J, Miki T, Nagano K, Kihara K, Ye L, Kamino K, Fujiwara Y, Yoshida S, 
Murano S, Fukuchi K, et al
  Department of Geriatric Medicine, Osaka University Medical School, Japan.

  Gerontology  1993  39 Suppl 1 p11-5
  Werner's syndrome (WRN) is a rare autosomal recessive disorder characterized 
by the appearance of features of premature aging in a young adult.  Skin 
fibroblasts from WRN patient demonstrate slow growth, reduced life span in 
vitro and mutator phenotype.  The genetic defect in WRN is unknown.  We have 
studied 23 WRN patients mainly from first or second cousin marriage and have 
applied homozygosity mapping to search for the WRN locus.  A peak lod score of 
5.58 at a recombination fraction of 0.03 was obtained with D8S87.  We confirmed 
that the WRN locus was located on the short arm of chromosome 8, 8p11.2-p12.

  De Barsy syndrome: report of a case, literature review, and elastin gene 
expression studies of the skin.

  Karnes PS, Shamban AT, Olsen DR, Fazio MJ, Falk RE
  Children's Hospital Los Angeles, Division of Medical Genetics, Calif 90027.

  Am J Med Genet  Jan 1 1992  42 (1) p29-34
  Several "progeroid" syndromes have now been identified.  The De Barsy 
syndrome is an autosomal recessive syndrome of dwarfism, mental deficiency, an 
"aged" appearance at birth, abnormal elastic fibers on skin biopsy, and lax 
skin, large helices, eye abnormalities, lax joints, hypotonia, and athetoid 
posturing.  We report one case and review 11 cases from the literature.  To 
understand the abnormal appearance of the elastic fibers on biopsy, we 
performed elastin gene expression studies on fibroblasts cultured from our 
patient's skin.  Molecular hybridization studies revealed reduced elastin mRNA 
steady-state levels as compared with age matched control individuals.  Assuming 
normal rates of mRNA translation, reduced elastin synthesis would occur.  
Diminished dermal elastin content could explain the altered cutaneous 
elasticity, decreased elastic fibers in the skin, and many clinical 
manifestations of individuals with this condition.  

  Werner syndrome and biological ageing: a molecular genetic hypothesis.

  Thweatt R, Goldstein S
  Department of Medicine, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences and 
Geriatric Research, Education, Little Rock.

  Bioessays  Jun 1993  15 (6) p421-6
  Werner syndrome (WS) is an inherited disorder that produces somatic stunting, 
premature ageing and early onset of degenerative and neoplastic diseases.  
Cultured fibroblasts derived from subjects with WS are found to undergo 
premature replicative senescence and thus provide a cellular model system to 
study the disorder.  Recently, several overexpressed gene sequences isolated 
from a WS fibroblast cDNA library have been shown to possess the capacity to 
inhibit DNA synthesis and disrupt many normal biochemical processes.  Because a 
similar constellation of genes is overexpressed in WS and senescent normal 
fibroblasts, these data suggest the existence of a common molecular genetic 
pathway for replicative senescence in both types of cell.  We propose that the 
primary defect in WS is a mutation in a gene for a trans-acting repressor 
protein that reduces its binding affinity for shared regulatory regions of 
several genes, including those that encode inhibitors of DNA synthesis (IDS).  
The mutant WS repressor triggers a sequence of premature expression of IDS and 
other genes, with resulting inhibition of DNA synthesis and early cellular 
senescence, events which occur much later in normal cells.  

  A ScaI RFLP at the E-selectin (SELE) locus in a progeria family.

  Warnecke P, Weiss AS
  Department of Biochemistry, University of Sydney, NSW, Australia.

  Hum Mol Genet  Jun 1993  2 (6) p825

  A mitochondrial DNA deletion in normally aging and in Alzheimer brain tissue.

  Blanchard BJ, Park T, Fripp WJ, Lerman LS, Ingram VM
  Department of Biology, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge 

  Neuroreport  Jun 1993  4 (6) p799-802
  By quantitative polymerase chain reaction (PCR) of total cellular DNA, the 
known 4977 bp deletion in human mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA delta 4977) was not 
detected in rapidly dividing tissue such as placenta and lymphocytes, nor in 
brain tissue from fetuses and in frontal cortex from two individuals 24 and 56 
years old.  However, in frontal cortex from individuals 71-95 years 0.13% 
deleted/undeleted mtDNA was found, with no significant difference between 
Alzheimer patients (0.14%) and age-matched controls (0.12%).  We hypothesize 
that the age-related accumulation of this deletion (and other expected 
deletions) contributes to the down-regulation of adenosine triphosphate (ATP) 
production in neurons and other non-dividing cells, a fundamental mechanism 
common to aging and Alzheimer's disease.

  Accumulation of insulin-like growth factor binding protein-3 in conditioned 
medium of human fibroblasts increases with chronologic age of donor and 
senescence in vitro.

  Goldstein S, Moerman EJ, Baxter RC
  Department of Medicine, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, Little 

  J Cell Physiol  Aug 1993  156 (2) p294-302
  We have found that insulin-like growth factor binding protein-3 (IGFBP-3) 
accumulates to higher levels in medium conditioned by a strain of normal 
fibroblasts at late passage (LP) and a strain derived from subjects with Werner 
syndrome (WS) of premature aging, compared to medium conditioned by the same 
normal cells at early passage (EP) (Goldstein et al., Proc.  Natl.  Acad.  Sci.  
USA, 88:9680-9684, 1991).  To explore the generality of this phenomenon with 
respect to chronological age of donor (in vivo aging) and LP (in vitro 
senescence) we assayed IGFBP-3 in medium conditioned by 18 normal fibroblast 
strains at EP and LP and two WS strains at the midpoint of their curtailed 
replicative lifespans and assessed IGFBP-3 mRNA levels in cells by Northern 
analysis.  The lowest accumulations of IGFBP-3 were found in medium conditioned 
by fetal cells with progressively increasing amounts postnatally, direct 
correlations between IGFBP-3 levels and donor age were seen in EP cells 3 days 
after subculture (during logarithmic growth) r = 0.80, P < 0.001, and 7 days 
after subculture (at confluence) r = 0.77, P < 0.001.  With two exceptions, 
conditioned medium of cell strains accumulated more IGFBP-3 at LP, IGFBP-3 
levels correlated with chronological age after 3 days, r = 0.50, P = 0.05, and 
after 7 days, r = 0.75, P < 0.001.  IGFBP-3 content of WS culture medium fell 
within the range of LP normal cells.  Cumulative IGFBP-3 levels were inversely 
proportional to the thymidine labeling index, a measure of proliferative vigor.  
With some exceptions IGFBP-3 mRNA levels were commensurate with the amount of 
IGFBP-3 accumulated in the medium, suggesting that distal translational and 
posttranslational mechanisms also regulate IGFBP-3 production in some strains.  
The trend toward augmented IGFBP-3 output of fibroblasts as a direct function 
of chronological age and in vitro senescence and as an inverse function of 
proliferative vigor is consistent with the known inhibitory effect of excess 
IGFBP-3 on IGF-mediated DNA synthesis and the reduced regenerative potential 
that is evident during biological aging in vivo.

  Short DNA sequences from the cytoplasm of mouse tumor cells induce 
immortalization of human lymphocytes in vitro.

  Abken H, Hegger R, Butzler C, Willecke K
  Abteilung Molekulargenetik, Universitat Bonn, Germany.

  Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A  Jul 15 1993  90 (14) p6518-22
  Cytoplasts of mouse L929 and Ehrlich ascites tumor cells harbor DNA sequences 
that induce unlimited proliferation ("immortalization") of human lymphocytes 
after transfection in vitro.  By equilibrium centrifugation of cytoplasmic 
lysates in a neutral CsCl gradient, the immortalizing activity was recovered 
together with extramitochondrial fractions at high salt densities (1.85-1.87 
g/cm3).  Unexpectedly, these fractions contain linear DNA molecules of 50-500 
bp in length.  In contrast, cytoplasts of primary, senescent cells (mouse 
embryo fibroblasts, human lymphocytes) do not harbor DNA in the corresponding 
fractions.  Cytoplasmic DNA isolated from high-density fractions of mouse tumor 
cells was cloned in subset libraries, and of 45 DNA sequences we identified 2 
clones one from L929 cytoplasts (203 bp) and another one from the cytoplasm of 
Ehrlich ascites cells (372 bp) that induce unlimited proliferation of human 
lymphocytes in vitro.  Immortalized lymphoid cells harbor 1-5 copies of 
transfected DNA integrated into chromosomal DNA, whereas about 100 copies were 
found as episomal DNA in the cytoplasmic fraction.  No immortalization could be 
induced by transfection of nuclear DNA randomly fragmented to 200-500 bp.  
Although the cloned DNA sedimented at 1.70 g/cm3, after transient transfection 
into lymphocytes, these DNA sequences form salt-stable complexes that sediment 
in fractions at the same high density (1.82-1.88 g/cm3) from which they were 
originally cloned.  The high-density banding of these cytoplasmic DNA sequences 
may be due to association with RNA and/or with (metallo-) proteins in vivo.  
Since both cloned DNA sequences with immortalizing activity have stop codons 
for protein translation in all possible reading frames, immortalization may be 
induced by insertional inactivation or functional suppression of genes that are 
needed to be expressed during cellular senescence or programmed cell death.

  Robust induction of AP-1 transcription factor DNA binding activity in the 
hippocampus of aged rats.

  Kaminska B, Kaczmarek L
  Nencki Institute of Experimental Biology, Warsaw, Poland.

  Neurosci Lett  Apr 30 1993  153 (2) p189-91
  Activation of expression of genes encoding components of AP-1 transcription 
factor (c-fos, c-jun and their cognates) as well as AP-1 itself has been 
repeatedly shown to coincide with long-term cellular responses.  For the 
proliferating cells where functional involvement of AP-1 in physiological 
activity has been proved, cellular senescence as well as aging at level of the 
organism results in an alteration of the AP-1.  The aim of the present study 
was to analyze whether there is an aging-related defect in the formation of AP-
1 transcription factor in the brain.  AP-1 has been shown previously to be 
inducible by several stimuli in the cells of the central nervous system, 
including proconvulsant treatment of pentylenetetrazole (PTZ).  The present 
studies found that PTZ robustly induced AP-1 DNA binding activity, evaluated by 
the electrophoretic mobility shift assay, in hippocampi of aged (2-year-old) 
rats, indicating no aging-related AP-1 defect in the rat brain.

  A genetic analysis of the Werner syndrome region on human chromosome 8p.

  Thomas W, Rubenstein M, Goto M, Drayna D
  Department of Molecular Biology, Genentech, Inc., South San Francisco, 
California 94080.

  Genomics  Jun 1993  16 (3) p685-90
  Werner syndrome (WRN) is an inherited disorder that produces symptoms of 
premature aging.  This disease is caused by a recessive mutation that has 
previously been mapped to chromosome 8p.  We have now used genetic linkage 
analysis to map the WRN gene relative to chromosome 8 reference loci, to screen 
candidate genes, and to identify a novel dinucleotide repeat polymorphic marker 
closely linked to WRN.  The WRN locus was mapped relative to the marker loci, 
PLAT, ANK1, D8S135, and D8S87 of the comprehensive chromosome 8 linkage map.  
The heregulin (HRG) and the fibroblast growth factor receptor 1 genes (FGFR1) 
have been mapped to chromosome 8p and are involved in cellular growth.  
Recombination events were detected between WRN and the HRG and FGFR1 genes, 
excluding them as candidates for the WRN gene.  A polymorphic marker generated 
in this study, WT251, is linked to WRN at a recombination fraction of 0.006, 
with a lod score of 16.5.

  Mitochondrial DNA mutations associated with age [letter]

  Ozawa T

  Aging (Milano)  Apr 1993  5 (2) p155-8

  Aging, mitochondria heterogeneity and pharmacological approach [letter]

  Calvani M, Caruso G
  Aging (Milano)  Apr 1993  5 (2) p159-64

  Genomic damage and its repair in young and aging brain.

  Rao KS
  Neurobiochemistry Laboratory, School of Life Sciences, University of 
Hyderabad, AP, India.

  Mol Neurobiol  Spring 1993  7 (1) p23-48
  A brief review of the available information concerning age-related genomic 
(DNA) damage and its repair, with special reference to brain tissue, is 
presented.  The usefulness of examining the validity of DNA-damage and repair 
hypothesis of aging in a postmitotic cell like neuron is emphasized.  The 
limited number of reports that exist on brain seem to overwhelmingly support 
the accumulation of DNA damage with age.  However, results regarding the age-
dependent decline in DNA-repair capacity are conflicting and divided.  The 
possible reasons for these discrepancies are discussed in light of the 
gathering evidence, including some human genetic disorders, to indicate how 
complex is the DNA-repair system in higher animals.  It is suggested that 
assessment of repair potential of neurons with respect to a specific damage in 
a specific gene might yield more definitive answers about the DNA-repair 
process and its role in aging.  

  Neuronal nicotinic receptors and their implications in ageing and 
neurodegenerative disorders in mammals.

  Nordberg A
  Department of Pharmacology, Uppsala University, Sweden.

  J Reprod Fertil Suppl  1993  46 p145-54
  Recent biochemical, molecular biology and pharmacological studies have 
revealed the existence of multiple functional subtypes of neuronal nicotinic 
receptor in the rodent as well as in the human CNS.  An important goal in this 
research is to define the physiological role of these receptors and to 
understand the mechanisms by which these receptors interact with other 
receptors and neurotransmitters.  Nicotinic receptors are detectable in the 
immature rat brain.  Exposition of various agents can change the expression of 
receptors.  Neuronal receptors undergo changes during ageing, the pattern of 
which is different for various subtypes of nicotinic receptor.  
Neurodegenerative disorders, such as Alzheimer's disease, are characterized by 
losses in this type of receptor.  An increased understanding of underlying 
mechanisms leading to this disease will provide pathophysiological knowledge 
and strategies for treatment.  Imaging techniques such as positron emission 
tomography provide a possible means of tracing the nicotinic receptor in vivo 
in patients with Alzheimer's disease.  

  Age distribution of latent herpes simplex virus 1 and varicella-zoster virus 
genome in human nervous tissue.

  Liedtke W, Opalka B, Zimmermann CW, Lignitz E
  Department of Neurology, University of Essen, Faculty of Medicine, Germany.

  J Neurol Sci  May 1993  116 (1) p6-11
  Latency in nervous tissue caused by herpes simplex virus 1 (HSV-1) and by 
varicella-zoster virus (VZV) is an intriguing feature of herpes-virus' 
neurotropism.  HSV-1 and VZV latency are the causes of ophthalmic zoster and 
recurrent HSV infections in the distributions of the trigeminal branches.  HSV-
1 neuronal latency may play a role in the etiopathogenesis of HSV encephalitis.  
We attempted to determine the prevalence and age distribution of VZV and HSV 
latency.  We applied nested polymerase chain reaction (PCR) assays to detect 
HSV-1 and VZV genome in trigeminal ganglia and olfactory bulbs which were 
obtained from 109 human corpses at forensic postmortems.  HSV-1 latency was 
found in 72.5% of trigeminal ganglia and in 15.5% of olfactory bulbs.  VZV 
latency was 63.3% in trigeminal ganglia and 1% in olfactory bulbs.  
Simultaneous latency of VZV and HSV genome occurs in 48.8% of trigeminal 
ganglia.  The age-group specific prevalence of HSV neuronal latency increases 
from 18.2% in 0-20 years to reach finally 100% in persons older than 60 years.  
Age specific prevalences of VZV peaked for a first time with 82% between 21-30 
years, fell to 50% for 40-50 years, and rose to 89% for 71-80 years.  If the 
latent trigeminal ganglion HSV-1 genome were the source of endogenously 
acquired encephalitis, the peak incidence of HSV encephalitis in older subjects 
correlates with our findings.  Increased VZV latency prevalence in nervous 
tissue of younger people without subsequent disease indicates sufficient immune 

  Oxidized amino acids in lens protein with age. Measurement of o-tyrosine and 
dityrosine in the aging human lens.

  Wells-Knecht MC, Huggins TG, Dyer DG, Thorpe SR, Baynes JW
  Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, University of South Carolina, 
Columbia 29208.

  J Biol Chem  Jun 15 1993  268 (17) p12348-52
  The concentrations of ortho-tyrosine (o-Tyr) and dityrosine (DT) were 
measured in noncataractous human lenses in order to assess the role of protein 
oxidation reactions in the aging of lens proteins.  The measurements were 
conducted by selected ion monitoring-gas chromatography/mass spectrometry using 
deuterium-labeled internal standards, which provided both high sensitivity and 
specificity for the quantitation of o-Tyr and DT.  Between ages 1 and 78 years, 
the o-Tyr concentration in lens proteins varied from 0.3 to 0.9 mmol of o-
Tyr/mol of Phe (n = 19), while DT ranged from 1 to 3 mumol of DT/mol of Tyr (n 
= 30).  There were no significant changes in levels of o-Tyr with lens age.  
There was a statistically significant, but only slight, increase in DT in lens 
proteins with age (approximately 33% increases between ages 1 and 78, r = 0.5, 
p < 0.01).  At the same time, total protein fluorescence, measured at DT 
wavelengths (Ex = 317 nm, Em = 407 nm), increased 11-fold between ages 1 and 78 
and correlated strongly with age (r = 0.82, p < 0.0001).  Although the 
fluorescence maxima of lens proteins were similar to those of DT, DT accounted 
for less than 1% of the DT-like fluorescence in lens protein at all ages.  
These observations indicate that oxidation of Phe and Tyr plays a limited role 
in the normal aging of lens proteins in vivo.

  Suppression of the growth factor-mediated induction of c-fos and down-
modulation of AP-1-binding activity are not required for cellular senescence.

  Lucibello FC, Brusselbach S, Sewing A, Muller R
  Institut fur Molekularbiologie und Tumorforschung (IMT), Philipps-Universitat 
Marburg, Germany.

  Oncogene  Jun 1993  8 (6) p1667-72
  It has been suggested that the impaired response of the c-fos gene to serum 
growth factors and the concomitant loss of AP-1 activity may be a crucial step 
in the process of cellular senescence.  In the present study, we provide 
evidence arguing against such a conclusion.  Data obtained in five independent 
experiments showed that both c-fos RNA and protein expression were similar in 
'young' and in senescent serum-stimulated WI-38 cells, suggesting that the 
previously reported suppression of c-fos induction is not an obligatory event 
in the process of cellular senescence.  Likewise, expression of fra-1, c-jun 
and junB continued to be high in serum-stimulated senescent cells, while 
induction of fosB was reduced approximately fivefold.  Among all genes tested 
fosB thus seems to be the most suitable marker for the detection of senescent 
cells.  Stimulated senescent cells showed only a approximately twofold 
reduction of AP-1-binding activity, and senescent cells continuously exposed to 
serum exhibited normal AP-1-binding activity.  These observations support the 
conclusion that a down-modulation of AP-1 is not crucial for human fibroblasts 
to enter the senescent state.

  Decreased type VI collagen gene expression in cultured Werner's syndrome 

  Hatamochi A, Mori K, Takeda K, Arakawa M, Ueki H, Yoshioka H
  Department of Dermatology, Kawasaki Medical School, Kurashiki, Japan.

  J Invest Dermatol  Jun 1993  100 (6) p771-4
  Gene expression of collagens VI, I, and III in Werner's syndrome was studied 
by measuring messenger RNA (mRNA) and protein production levels in four 
fibroblast strains from patients with Werner's syndrome and comparing them with 
age-matched healthy subjects.  Levels of type VI collagen mRNA were decreased 
in all Werner's syndrome fibroblast strains and the decreases were in parallel 
in all three chains (alpha 1, alpha 2, and alpha 3) of type VI collagen.  A 
coordinate increase of the alpha 1(I) and alpha 1(III) collagen mRNA levels was 
observed in three of the four Werner's syndrome fibroblast strains.  However, 
no qualitative abnormality of these mRNA transcripts in Werner's syndrome 
fibroblasts were found by Northern blot analysis.  Changes in type VI and type 
I collagen mRNA correlated well with production levels of corresponding 
proteins, as determined by immunologic assays.  These data suggest that there 
are changes in expression of multiple connective tissue constituents in 
Werner's syndrome fibroblasts.

  Mitochondrial DNA deletions in human brain: regional variability and increase 
with advanced age.

  Corral-Debrinski M, Horton T, Lott MT, Shoffner JM, Beal MF, Wallace DC
  Department of Genetics and Molecular Medicine, Emory University School of 
Medicine, Atlanta, Georgia 30322.

  Nat Genet  Dec 1992  2 (4) p324-9
  We have examined the role of somatic mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) mutations in 
human ageing by quantitating the accumulation of the common 4977 nucleotide 
pair (np) deletion (mtDNA4977) in the cortex, putamen and cerebellum.  A 
significant increase in the mtDNA4977 deletion was seen in elderly individuals.  
In the cortex, the deleted to total mtDNA ratio ranged from 0.00023 to 0.012 in 
67-77 year old brains and up to 0.034 in subjects over 80.  In the putamen, the 
deletion level ranged from 0.0016 to 0.010 in 67 to 77 years old up to 0.12 in 
individuals over the age of 80.  The cerebellum remained relatively devoid of 
mtDNA deletions.  Similar changes were observed with a different 7436 np 
deletion.  These changes suggest that somatic mtDNA deletions might contribute 
to the neurological impairment often associated with ageing.

  Growing old: the most common mitochondrial disease of all? [news]

  Harding AE

  Nat Genet  Dec 1992  2 (4) p251-2

  Molecular Biology of Aging. Keystone Symposium. Lake Tahoe, California, March 
19-25, 1993. Abstracts.
  J Cell Biochem Suppl  1993  17D p139-68
  Deficient expression of decorin in infantile progeroid patients.

  Beavan LA, Quentin-Hoffmann E, Schonherr E, Snigula F, Leroy JG, Kresse H
  Institute of Physiological Chemistry and Pathobiochemistry, University of 
Munster, Germany.

  J Biol Chem  May 5 1993  268 (13) p9856-62
  Fibroblasts from young patients exhibiting clinical features of progeroidal 
syndromes showed decreased biosynthesis of the small proteoglycan decorin.  
Cells in culture were metabolically labeled, and proteoglycans secreted into 
the medium were analyzed electrophoretically after immunoprecipitation with 
antibodies raised against decorin and biglycan.  Fluorograms showed regularly a 
reduction to 15-30% of the normal amount of mature decorin and its core protein 
after chondroitin ABC lyase treatment.  The size of the glycosaminoglycan 
chains was increased, but there was no obvious anomaly in the secretion 
kinetics of the mature proteoglycan.  In addition, the patients' fibroblasts 
synthesized an increased amount of biglycan compared to control cells from 
healthy donors.  Northern blot analysis clearly demonstrated a reduction by 85-
94% in decorin mRNA, but biglycan mRNA was concomitantly increased, indicating 
that these alterations occur at the transcriptional level of protein expression.  
Transcription of decorin in fibroblasts from one of the patients was stimulated 
up to 3-fold by treatment with interleukin-1 beta.  No response to interleukin-
1 beta and transforming growth factor-beta was observed in the cells from 
another patient.  In situ hybridization of cultured cells with an antisense 
decorin probe showed that decorin levels were reduced throughout the cell 
population.  Surprisingly, subsequent examination of cells from one of the 
patients, now in mid-teenage, revealed a return to normal levels of decorin 
expression compared to age-matched controls.  These studies suggest that, as in 
Marfan's syndrome where the primary defect concerns the fibrillin gene, reduced 
decorin expression contributes to the formation of an abnormal matrix and the 
pathogenesis of these disorders.  They also indicate that this abnormality is 
likely to represent a secondary phenomenon which leads to a fault in the 
regulation of decorin gene transcription.

  Mutations of mitochondrial DNA support human aging [letter]

  Kadenbach B, Munscher C, Muller-Hocker J

  Aging (Milano)  Feb 1993  5 (1) p73-5
  Decreased expression of the platelet-derived growth factor beta-receptor in 
fibroblasts from a patient with Werner's syndrome.

  Mori S, Kawano M, Kanzaki T, Morisaki N, Saito Y, Yoshida S
  Department of Internal Medicine, School of Medicine, Chiba University, Japan.

  Eur J Clin Invest  Mar 1993  23 (3) p161-5
  The study of Werner's syndrome, a premature ageing syndrome, may provide 
insight into the processes of natural ageing.  We investigated the reason for 
the reduced growth potential of fibroblasts in Werner's syndrome which is 
considered to be similar to that of fibroblasts in normal senescence.  The 
responses to different isoforms of platelet-derived growth factor (PDGF) of 
fibroblasts from a patient with Werner's syndrome (W-cells) and from a normal 
subject (control cells) were assessed by [3H]thymidine incorporation assay, a 
125I-PDGF-AB binding experiment, and Northern blot analysis with a PDGF beta-
receptor specific cDNA probe.  PDGF-stimulated increase in [3H]thymidine 
incorporation in W-cells was much lower than that in control cells, especially 
with PDGF-AB and -BB as mitogens.  The specific binding of 125I-PDGF-AB to W-
cells was correspondingly lower than that to control cells.  Furthermore, 
Northern blot analysis demonstrated a decreased basal level, and lack of PDGF-
AB-induced up-regulation of the PDGF beta-receptor transcript in W-cells.  
Decreased expression of the PDGF beta-receptor due to decrease in its synthesis 
may be a causative factor of the decreased mitogenic response of W-cells to 

  Audiologic and otolaryngologic findings in progeria: case report.

  Hall JW 3d, Denneny JC 3d
  Division of Hearing and Speech Sciences, School of Medicine, Vanderbilt 
University, Nashville, Tennessee.

  J Am Acad Audiol  Mar 1993  4 (2) p116-21
  Progeria is a rare syndrome, with an estimated incidence of 1 per 250,000 
births.  Although children with progeria have the appearance of premature aging 
or senility, the term is misleading because reported cases of progeria have not 
manifested most physical or biochemical aspects of old age.  Many children with 
progeria appear normal at birth and then progressively, and rather rapidly, 
develop the characteristic features during early childhood.  Although first 
described in the 1880s, only approximately 100 cases of progeria are reported 
in the international literature.  The single case study of hearing in progeria, 
which appeared in 1965, is limited to pure-tone and speech audiometry findings.  
We report the results of otolaryngologic examination and pure-tone, speech, 
immittance, and auditory brainstem response (ABR) audiometry for a 5-year-old 
female with progeria.  The patient had a mild-to-moderate, bilateral, 
conductive hearing loss.  Immittance measurements were consistent with fixation 
of the ossicular chain and this was confirmed surgically.  Mildly prolonged ABR 
wave I-V latencies suggest possible auditory central nervous system 

  Larsen syndrome presenting as a familial syndrome of dwarfism, distinct 
oldish facial appearance and bilateral clubfeet in mother and daughter.

  Fryns JP, Lenaerts J, Van den Berghe H
  Centre for Human Genetics, University of Leuven, Belgium.

  Genet Couns  1993  4 (1) p43-6


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  Elevated levels of glycoprotein gp200 in progeria fibroblasts.

  Clark MA, Weiss AS
  Department of Biochemistry, University of Sydney, N.S.W. Australia.

  Mol Cell Biochem  Mar 10 1993  120 (1) p51-60
  The glycosylation of proteins in fibroblasts from people with the premature 
ageing disease Hutchinson-Gilford Progeria Syndrome (progeria) was investigated.  
Protein was prepared from fibroblast cell lines established from skin biopsy 
taken from progeria patients and control donors.  Glycoproteins were labelled 
by the covalent attachment of the steroid hapten digoxygenin to the sugar group.  
After separation of total protein by SDS-PAGE and electroblotting onto 
Immobilon-PTM, glycoproteins were detected by enzyme immunoassay.  We have 
observed a glycoprotein of M(r) 200 kDa which is consistently present in 
protein preparations from progeria fibroblasts and which is absent, or markedly 
reduced, in preparations from control fibroblasts.  This suggests that it may 
be useful as a marker for progeria.  Similar analysis of progeria lymphoblast 
and control lymphoblast cultures did not show this altered pattern of 
glycosylated proteins, indicating that it may be cell-type specific.  
Glycoproteins were also detected by labelling fibroblasts in vitro with D-[6-
3H]glucosamine hydrochloride followed by SDS-PAGE of isolated protein and 
subsequent fluorography.  Profiles of glycoproteins from progeria and control 
fibroblasts were consistent with those obtained from labelling of carbohydrate 
groups with digoxygenin.  Protease digestion of cell protein verified that the 
band at M(r) 200 kDa contains a protein core.  Characteristic features of 
progeria primarily involve the connective tissue and include wrinkled and loose 
skin, loss of soft tissue, thin limbs and stiff joints.  Death of progeria 
patients is usually a result of cardiovascular abnormalities.  The most 
consistent manifestations thus involve the connective tissue.  The glycoprotein 
of M(r) 200 kDa which we have observed in progeria fibroblasts in vitro could 
reflect a perturbation in glycosylation which may underly the connective tissue 
defects seen in progeria.


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