Caballero A, Ugidos A, Liu B, Oling D, Kvint K, Hao X, Mignat C, Nachin L, Molin M, Nyström T

Mol Cell. 2011 May 6;42(3):390–400

Altered mitochondrial functionality can extend organism life span, but the underlying mechanisms are obscure. Here we report that inactivating SOV1, a member of the yeast mitochondrial translation control (MTC) module, causes a robust Sir2-dependent extension of replicative life span in the absence of respiration and without affecting oxidative damage. We found that SOV1 interacts genetically with the cAMP-PKA pathway and the chromatin remodeling apparatus. Consistently, Sov1p-deficient cells displayed reduced cAMP-PKA signaling and an elevated, Sir2p-dependent, genomic silencing. Both increased silencing and life span extension in sov1Δ cells require the PKA/Msn2/4p target Pnc1p, which scavenges nicotinamide, a Sir2p inhibitor. Inactivating other members of the MTC module also resulted in Sir2p-dependent life span extension. The data demonstrate that the nuclear silencing apparatus senses and responds to the absence of MTC proteins and that this response converges with a pathway for life span extension elicited by reducing TOR signaling.