Research Papers: Gerotarget (Focus on Aging):

Gadd45b deficiency promotes premature senescence and skin aging

Andrew Magimaidas, Priyanka Madireddi, Silvia Maifrede, Kaushiki Mukherjee, Barbara Hoffman and Dan A. Liebermann _

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Oncotarget. 2016; 7:26935-26948. https://doi.org/10.18632/oncotarget.8854

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Andrew Magimaidas1, Priyanka Madireddi1, Silvia Maifrede1, Kaushiki Mukherjee1, Barbara Hoffman1,2 and Dan A. Liebermann1,2

1 Fels Institute for Cancer Research and Molecular Biology, Temple University School of Medicine, Philadelphia, PA, USA

2 Department of Medical Genetics and Molecular Biochemistry, Temple University School of Medicine, Philadelphia, PA, USA

Correspondence to:

Dan A. Liebermann, email:

Keywords: Gadd45b, senescence, oxidative stress, DNA damage, cell cycle arrest, Gerotarget

Received: March 17, 2016 Accepted: April 12, 2016 Published: April 20, 2016


The GADD45 family of proteins functions as stress sensors in response to various physiological and environmental stressors. Here we show that primary mouse embryo fibroblasts (MEFs) from Gadd45b null mice proliferate slowly, accumulate increased levels of DNA damage, and senesce prematurely. The impaired proliferation and increased senescence in Gadd45b null MEFs is partially reversed by culturing at physiological oxygen levels, indicating that Gadd45b deficiency leads to decreased ability to cope with oxidative stress. Interestingly, Gadd45b null MEFs arrest at the G2/M phase of cell cycle, in contrast to other senescent MEFs, which arrest at G1. FACS analysis of phospho-histone H3 staining showed that Gadd45b null MEFs are arrested in G2 phase rather than M phase. H2O2 and UV irradiation, known to increase oxidative stress, also triggered increased senescence in Gadd45b null MEFs compared to wild type MEFs. In vivo evidence for increased senescence in Gadd45b null mice includes the observation that embryos from Gadd45b null mice exhibit increased senescence staining compared to wild type embryos. Furthermore, it is shown that Gadd45b deficiency promotes senescence and aging phenotypes in mouse skin. Together, these results highlight a novel role for Gadd45b in stress-induced senescence and in tissue aging.

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