The human gene encoding a polynucleotide phosphorylase (hPNPase) has been recently identified as strongly up-regulated in two processes leading to irreversible arrest of cell division: progeroid senescence and terminal differentiation. Here, we demonstrate that the hPNPase is localized in mitochondria. Our finding suggests the involvement of mitochondrial RNA metabolism in cellular senescence.
- Polynucleotide phosphorylase
- RNA degradation