An increase in mitochondrial DNA promotes nuclear DNA replication in yeast. Academic Article uri icon


  • Coordination between cellular metabolism and DNA replication determines when cells initiate division. It has been assumed that metabolism only plays a permissive role in cell division. While blocking metabolism arrests cell division, it is not known whether an up-regulation of metabolic reactions accelerates cell cycle transitions. Here, we show that increasing the amount of mitochondrial DNA accelerates overall cell proliferation and promotes nuclear DNA replication, in a nutrient-dependent manner. The Sir2p NAD+-dependent de-acetylase antagonizes this mitochondrial role. We found that cells with increased mitochondrial DNA have reduced Sir2p levels bound at origins of DNA replication in the nucleus, accompanied with increased levels of K9, K14-acetylated histone H3 at those origins. Our results demonstrate an active role of mitochondrial processes in the control of cell division. They also suggest that cellular metabolism may impact on chromatin modifications to regulate the activity of origins of DNA replication.

published proceedings

  • PLoS Genet

altmetric score

  • 0.5

author list (cited authors)

  • Blank, H. M., Li, C., Mueller, J. E., Bogomolnaya, L. M., Bryk, M., & Polymenis, M.

citation count

  • 26

complete list of authors

  • Blank, Heidi M||Li, Chonghua||Mueller, John E||Bogomolnaya, Lydia M||Bryk, Mary||Polymenis, Michael

editor list (cited editors)

  • Cohen-Fix, O.

publication date

  • April 2008