Inactivation of Cdc13p TriggersMEC1-dependent Apoptotic Signals in Yeast

Department of Pharmacology, University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, Piscataway, New Jersey 08854, USA.
Journal of Biological Chemistry (Impact Factor: 4.57). 05/2003; 278(17):15136-41. DOI: 10.1074/jbc.M212808200
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Inactivation of the budding yeast telomere binding protein Cdc13 results in abnormal telomeres (exposed long G-strands) and activation of the DNA damage checkpoint. In the current study, we show that inactivation of Cdc13p induces apoptotic signals in yeast, as evidenced by caspase activation, increased reactive oxygen species production, and flipping of phosphatidylserine in the cytoplasmic membrane. These apoptotic signals were suppressed in a mitochondrial (rho(o)) mutant. Moreover, mitochondrial proteins (e.g. MTCO3) were identified as multicopy suppressors of cdc13-1, suggesting the involvement of mitochondrial functions in telomere-initiated apoptotic signaling. These telomere-initiated apoptotic signals were also shown to depend on MEC1, but not TEL1, and were antagonized by MRE11. Our results are consistent with a model in which single-stranded G-tails in the cdc13-1 mutant trigger MEC1-dependent apoptotic signaling in yeast.

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    • "Importantly, our results suggest that the arv1Δ mutant activates an Exo1-and MRX (Mre11–Rad50–Xrs1)-dependent DNA damage checkpoint, and that overexpression of telomerase subunits counteracts apoptotic signals triggered by impaired sphingolipid metabolism. As dysfunctional telomeres have been shown to result in activation of the DNA damage checkpoint (Dewar and Lydall, 2010; Longhese, 2008; Maringele and Lydall, 2002; Teo and Jackson, 2001; Zubko et al., 2004), cell cycle arrest in G2/M (IJpma and Greider, 2003; Pang et al., 2003; Qi et al., 2008) and apoptotic cell death (Qi et al., 2008, 2003), it is tempting to speculate that the telomeric regions in the arv1Δ mutant are not protected from DNA damage checkpoint signaling. Previous observations have shown that a reduction in the amount of complex sphingolipids caused by AbA treatment or acc1 mutation, but not lcb1-100 mutation, induced cell cycle G2/M arrest (Al-Feel et al., 2003; Endo et al., 1997; Jenkins and Hannun, 2001) and that the arv1Δ mutant exhibited a synthetic growth defect with the cdc13-1 mutant leading to uncapped telomeres (Addinall et al., 2008) are consistent with the hypothesis. "
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