Targeting the phospholipase A2 receptor ameliorates premature aging phenotypes

Aging Cell. 2018 Dec;17(6):e12835. doi: 10.1111/acel.12835. Epub 2018 Sep 14.


Hutchinson-Gilford progeria syndrome (HGPS) is a lethal premature aging that recapitulates many normal aging characteristics. This disorder is caused by mutation in the LMNA gene leading to the production of progerin which induces misshapen nuclei, cellular senescence, and aging. We previously showed that the phospholipase A2 receptor (PLA2R1) promotes senescence induced by replicative, oxidative, and oncogenic stress but its role during progerin-induced senescence and in progeria is currently unknown. Here, we show that knockdown of PLA2R1 prevented senescence induced by progerin expression in human fibroblasts and markedly delayed senescence of HGPS patient-derived fibroblasts. Whole-body knockout of Pla2r1 in a mouse model of progeria decreased some premature aging phenotypes, such as rib fracture and decreased bone content, together with decreased senescence marker. Progerin-expressing human fibroblasts exhibited a high frequency of misshapen nuclei and increased farnesyl diphosphate synthase (FDPS) expression compared to controls; knockdown of PLA2R1 reduced the frequency of misshapen nuclei and normalized FDPS expression. Pamidronate, a FDPS inhibitor, also reduced senescence and misshapen nuclei. Downstream of PLA2R1, we found that p53 mediated the progerin-induced increase in FDPS expression and in misshapen nuclei. These results suggest that PLA2R1 mediates key premature aging phenotypes through a p53/FDPS pathway and might be a new therapeutic target.

Keywords: cellular senescence; p53; progeroid diseases; signaling.

MeSH terms

  • Aging, Premature / metabolism*
  • Aging, Premature / pathology*
  • Animals
  • Cell Line
  • Cell Nucleus / metabolism
  • Cell Nucleus / pathology
  • Cell Nucleus Shape
  • Cellular Senescence
  • Disease Models, Animal
  • Geranyltranstransferase / metabolism
  • Humans
  • Lamin Type A / metabolism
  • Mice, Inbred C57BL
  • Phenotype
  • Progeria / metabolism
  • Progeria / pathology
  • Receptors, Phospholipase A2 / metabolism*
  • Tumor Suppressor Protein p53 / metabolism


  • Lamin Type A
  • PLA2R1 protein, human
  • Pla2r1 protein, mouse
  • Receptors, Phospholipase A2
  • Tumor Suppressor Protein p53
  • prelamin A
  • Geranyltranstransferase