Maintenance of genome sequence integrity in long- And short-lived rodent species

Lei Zhang, Xiao Dong, Xiao Tian, Moonsook Lee, Julia Ablaeva, Denis Firsanov, Sang Goo Lee, Alexander Y. Maslov, Vadim N. Gladyshev, Andrei Seluanov, Vera Gorbunova, Jan Vijg

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DNA mutations in somatic cells have been implicated in the causation of aging, with longer-lived species having a higher capacity to maintain genome sequence integrity than shorter-lived species. In an attempt to directly test this hypothesis, we used single-cell whole-genome sequencing to analyze spontaneous and bleomycin-induced somatic mutations in lung fibroblasts of four rodent species with distinct maximum life spans, including mouse, guinea pig, blind mole-rat, and naked mole-rat, as well as humans. As predicted, the mutagen-induced mutation frequencies inversely correlated with species-specific maximum life span, with the greatest difference observed between the mouse and all other species. These results suggest that long-lived species are capable of processing DNA damage in a more accurate way than short-lived species.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article numbereabj3284
JournalScience Advances
Issue number44
StatePublished - Oct 2021

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