Effect of age on endogenous DNA single-strand breakage, strand break induction and repair in the adult housefly, Musca domestica

Ronald K. Newton, Jonathan M Ducore, Rajindar S. Sohal

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It has been suggested that genomic alterations involving DNA damage and the ability to repair such damage play an important role in cellular sensecence. In this study, endogenous DNA single-strand breaks, the susceptibility of DNA to induced strand breakage and the capacity to repair these breaks were compared in postmitotic cells from young (3-day-old) and old (23-day-old) houseflies. DNA single-strand breaks did not accumulate during normal aging in the housefly. However, cells of the old flies exhibited a greater sensitivity to single-strand breakage induced by γ-radiation and UV light. The capacity to repair these exogenously induced single-strand breaks declined with age. Results fo not support the view that DNA single-strand breaks are casual factor in aging in the housefly. An age-related increase in the susceptibility to undergo single-strand breakage suggests alterations in chromatin during the aging process.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)113-120
Number of pages8
JournalMutation Research DNAging
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1989
Externally publishedYes



  • Aging
  • DNA damage
  • DNA repair

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Aging
  • Genetics
  • Molecular Biology

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