Senescence in Podospora anserina: a possible role for nucleic acid interacting proteins suggested by the sequence analysis of a mitochondrial DNA region specifically amplified in senescent cultures

Gene. 1988 Dec 30;74(2):387-98. doi: 10.1016/0378-1119(88)90172-2.


In Podospora anserina, the phenomenon of senescence was previously shown to be correlated with the presence of a senescence-specific DNA (sen-DNA) resulting from the amplification of some regions (alpha, beta, gamma, epsilon) of the mitochondrial chromosome. The beta region gives rise to sen-DNAs with variable sizes and junctions which share a 1,100-bp common sequence. Here we report the complete nucleotide sequence of one 4-kb beta sen-DNA. Included in the sequence are a large part of the first intron open reading frame (ORF) of the gene ND4L and three short unidentified ORFs more precisely located in the common beta region. The primary structure of the polypeptide possibly encoded by one of them is very similar to the glycine-rich domains present in various single-stranded DNA-binding proteins. The comparison of the information content of this beta sen-DNA with that of other previously sequenced sen-DNAs suggests that the role in the senescence process attributed to the sen-DNAs could be related to the overproduction of a variety of proteins which interact with nucleic acids.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Amino Acid Sequence
  • Ascomycota / genetics*
  • Ascomycota / physiology
  • Base Sequence
  • Cloning, Molecular
  • DNA, Mitochondrial / genetics*
  • Fungal Proteins / genetics*
  • Gene Amplification
  • Molecular Sequence Data
  • Restriction Mapping


  • DNA, Mitochondrial
  • Fungal Proteins