Perichromatin fibrils accumulation in hepatocyte nuclei reveals alterations of pre-mRNA processing during aging

Manuela Malatesta, Marco Biggiogera, Barbara Cisterna, Marta Balietti, Carlo Bertoni-Freddari, Patrizia Fattoretti

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Abstract

We previously described an unusual accumulation of perichromatin fibrils (PF)-the in situ form of pre-mRNA transcription and early splicing-in hepatocyte nuclei of old rats. Here we have investigated, by immunoelectron microscopy, the nature of such PF, analyzing the presence of transcription, splicing and cleavage factors, polyadenylated RNA, and the incorporation of bromouridine in adult and old rats. Our observations revealed alterations in amount and/or distribution of pre-mRNA transcription, splicing and cleavage factors, as well as of polyadenylated RNA, together with lower bromouridine incorporation in newly transcribed RNA in the hepatocyte nucleoplasm of old rats. Therefore, our data indicate both a decrease in pre-mRNA transcription and a slow down of PF processing and transport during aging.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)49-57
Number of pages9
JournalDNA and Cell Biology
Volume29
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Feb 1 2010

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Molecular Biology
  • Genetics
  • Cell Biology

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