Although individuals of many species inexorably age, a number of observations established that the rate of ageing is modulated in response to a variety of mild stresses. Here, we investigated how heat stress promotes longevity in yeast. We show that upon growth at higher temperature, yeast cells relax the retention of DNA circles, which act as ageing factors in the mother cell. The enhanced frequency at which circles redistribute to daughter cells was not due to changes of anaphase duration or nuclear shape but solely to the downregulation of the diffusion barrier in the nuclear envelope. This effect depended on the PKA and Tor1 pathways, downstream of stress-response kinase Pkc1. Inhibition of these responses restored barrier function and circle retention and abrogated the effect of heat stress on longevity. Our data indicate that redistribution of ageing factors from aged cells to their progeny can be a mechanism for modulating longevity.
- Yves Barral
- Yves Barral
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- Naama Barkai, Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel
© 2017, Baldi et al.
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