Regulation of mRNA Translation as a Conserved Mechanism of Longevity Control

Department of Pathology, University of Washington, Seattle, Washington, USA.
Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology (Impact Factor: 1.96). 01/2010; 694:14-29. DOI: 10.1007/978-1-4419-7002-2_2
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Appropriate regulation of mRNA translation is essential for growth and survival and the pathways that regulate mRNA translation have been highly conserved throughout eukaryotic evolution. Translation is controlled by a complex set of mechanisms acting at multiple levels, ranging from global protein synthesis to individual mRNAs. Recently, several mutations that perturb regulation of mRNA translation have also been found to increase longevity in three model organisms: the buddingyeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae, the nematode Caenorhabditis elegans and the fruit fly Drosophila melanogaster. Many of these translation control factors can be mapped to a single pathway downstream of the nutrient responsive target of rapamycin (TOR) kinase. In this chapter, we will review the data suggesting that mRNA translation is an evolutionarily conserved modifier of longevity and discuss potential mechanisms by which mRNA translation could influence aging and age-associated disease in different species.

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    • "Interestingly, SAGA has a direct role in regulating expression of ribosomal protein genes in a manner dependent on the transcription factor Ifh1 (Cai et al., 2013; Downey et al., 2013). Ribosomal protein gene deletions are highly enriched among long-lived mutants in yeast (Mehta et al., 2010). Thus, another potential link to enhanced longevity in DUBm mutants may be through reduced ribosome biogenesis. "
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    • "chronic stress, aging), stress pathways often start to fail, leading to protein aggregation and cellular death, which is often described in age-related diseases like Alzheimer’s diseases, Parkinson and Huntington’s disease [21, 22]. Interestingly, deletion or inhibition of translation components, such as ribosomal proteins, initiation factors and regulatory kinases, were reported to increase life span [17, 23]. But how can alterations in the translational machinery have positive effects on longevity? "
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    • "One of the major downstream processes regulated by mTORC1 is mRNA translation [117] [118]. Mutation or RNAi knockdown of several ribosomal protein genes has been shown to extend lifespan in budding yeast and C. elegans [95, 113, 119–125]. "
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