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Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2006 Feb 14;103(7):2154-9. Epub 2006 Feb 6.

Hutchinson-Gilford progeria mutant lamin A primarily targets human vascular cells as detected by an anti-Lamin A G608G antibody.

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Department of Dermatology, College of Physicians and Surgeons, Columbia University, New York, NY 10032, USA.


Hutchinson-Gilford progeria syndrome (HGPS; Online Mendelian Inheritance in Man accession no. 176670) is a rare disorder that is characterized by segmental premature aging and death between 7 and 20 years of age from severe premature atherosclerosis. Mutations in the LMNA gene are responsible for this syndrome. Approximately 80% of HGPS cases are caused by a G608 (GGC-->GGT) mutation within exon 11 of LMNA, which elicits a deletion of 50 aa near the C terminus of prelamin A. In this article, we present evidence that the mutant lamin A (progerin) accumulates in the nucleus in a cellular age-dependent manner. In human HGPS fibroblast cultures, we observed, concomitantly to nuclear progerin accumulation, severe nuclear envelope deformations and invaginations preventable by farnesyltransferase inhibition. Nuclear alterations affect cell-cycle progression and cell migration and elicit premature senescence. Strikingly, skin biopsy sections from a subject with HGPS showed that the truncated lamin A accumulates primarily in the nuclei of vascular cells. This finding suggests that accumulation of progerin is directly involved in vascular disease in progeria.

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