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J Biol Chem. 2010 Mar 12;285(11):8171-84. doi: 10.1074/jbc.M109.031575. Epub 2010 Jan 12.

Nuclear erythroid factor 2-mediated proteasome activation delays senescence in human fibroblasts.

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National Hellenic Research Foundation, Institute of Biological Research and Biotechnology, 48 Vassileos Constantinou Avenue, Athens 11635, Greece.


Replicative senescence in human fibroblasts is accompanied with alterations of various biological processes, including the impaired function of the proteasome. The proteasome is responsible for the removal of both normal and damaged proteins. Due to its latter function, proteasome is also considered a representative secondary antioxidant cellular mechanism. Nrf2 is a basic transcription factor responsible for the regulation of the cellular antioxidant response that has also been shown to regulate several proteasome subunits in mice. We have established in this study the proteasome-related function of Nrf2 in human fibroblasts undergoing replicative senescence. We demonstrate that Nrf2 has a declined function in senescence, whereas its silencing leads to premature senescence. However, upon its activation by a novel Nrf2 inducer, elevated levels of proteasome activity and content are recorded only in cell lines possessing a functional Nrf2. Moreover, treatment by the Nrf2 inducer results in the enhanced survival of cells following oxidative stress, whereas continuous treatment leads to lifespan extension of human fibroblasts. Importantly the Nrf2-proteasome axis is functional in terminally senescent cultures as these cells retain their responsiveness to the Nrf2 stimuli. In conclusion, these findings open up new directions for future manipulation of the senescence phenotype.

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