The research roundup provides an overview of the past week’s research from Mayo Clinic Laboratories consultants, including featured abstracts and a complete list of published studies and reviews.
Cellular senescence contributes to tissue homeostasis and age-related pathologies. However, how senescence is initiated in stressed cells remains vague. Here, we discover that exposure to irradiation, oxidative or inflammatory stressors induces transient biogenesis of primary cilia, which are then used by stressed cells to communicate with the promyelocytic leukemia nuclear bodies (PML-NBs) to initiate senescence responses in human cells. Mechanistically, a ciliary ARL13B-ARL3 GTPase cascade negatively regulates the association of transition fiber protein FBF1 and SUMO-conjugating enzyme UBC9.