A Cell-Intrinsic Interferon-like Response Links Replication Stress to Cellular Aging Caused by Progerin

Ray Kreienkamp, Simona Graziano, Nuria Coll-Bonfill, Gonzalo Bedia-Diaz, Emily Cybulla, Alessandro Vindigni, Dale Dorsett, Nard Kubben, Luis Francisco Zirnberger Batista, Susana Gonzalo

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Hutchinson-Gilford progeria syndrome (HGPS) is a premature aging disease caused by a truncated lamin A protein (progerin) that drives cellular and organismal decline. HGPS patient-derived fibroblasts accumulate genomic instability, but its underlying mechanisms and contribution to disease remain poorly understood. Here, we show that progerin-induced replication stress (RS) drives genomic instability by eliciting replication fork (RF) stalling and nuclease-mediated degradation. Rampant RS is accompanied by upregulation of the cGAS/STING cytosolic DNA sensing pathway and activation of a robust STAT1-regulated interferon (IFN)-like response. Reducing RS and the IFN-like response, especially with calcitriol, improves the fitness of progeria cells and increases the efficiency of cellular reprogramming. Importantly, other compounds that improve HGPS phenotypes reduce RS and the IFN-like response. Our study reveals mechanisms underlying progerin toxicity, including RS-induced genomic instability and activation of IFN-like responses, and their relevance for cellular decline in HGPS. Kreienkamp et al. reveal mechanisms underlying cellular decline in the premature aging disease Hutchinson-Gilford progeria syndrome. Progerin, the mutant protein that causes this disease, elicits replication stress and a cell-intrinsic innate immune response. The study identifies strategies, such as calcitriol, that rescue these phenotypes and rejuvenate progeria cells.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2006-2015
Number of pages10
JournalCell Reports
Issue number8
StatePublished - Feb 20 2018


  • calcitriol
  • interferon response
  • lamins
  • progeria
  • replication stress
  • reprogramming


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