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Senescence Marker Protein-30 Knockout Mouse as an Aging Model


Address for correspondence: Naoki Maruyama, M.D., Department of Molecular Pathology, Tokyo Metropolitan Institute of Gerontology, 35-2 Sakaecho, Itabashi-ku, Tokyo 173-0015, Japan. Voice: +813-3964-3241; fax: +813-3579-4776.


Abstract: A mouse strain lacking SMP30 can be regarded as a strain showing ultimate decrease of the SMP30 molecule. After three months of age, SMP30-KO mice had an increased mortality rate, compared with the SMP30-WT mice, all of which remained alive. Electron microscopic observation of the hepatocytes from 12-month-old SMP30-KO mice revealed many empty vacuoles, presumably lipid droplets, abnormally enlarged mitochondria with indistinct cristae, and exceptionally large lysosomes filled with electron-dense bodies. The total hepatic triglyceride concentration of SMP30-KO mice was approximately 3.6-fold higher than that of the age-matched wild type. Similarly, the total hepatic cholesterol of SMP30-KO mice reached an approximate 3.3-fold greater value than that of the comparative group. Total hepatic phospholipids of SMP30-KO mice achieved an approximately 3.7-fold higher level compared with that of the wild-type mice. The cells from SMP30-KO mice were sensitive to apoptotic reagents. Those results supported the idea that SMP30 has an antiapoptotic function with wide spectrum. These findings indicate that SMP30-KO mice are highly susceptible to various harmful reagents. This strain might be a useful tool for aging and biological monitoring.

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