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Oxidative Medicine and Cellular Longevity
Volume 2018 (2018), Article ID 1898421, 17 pages
Research Article

Cell Size Influences the Reproductive Potential and Total Lifespan of the Saccharomyces cerevisiae Yeast as Revealed by the Analysis of Polyploid Strains

1Department of Biochemistry and Cell Biology, Faculty of Biology and Agriculture, University of Rzeszow, Rzeszow, Poland
2Institute of Biochemistry and Biophysics, Polish Academy of Sciences, Laboratory of Mutagenesis and DNA Repair, Warsaw, Poland

Correspondence should be addressed to Renata Zadrag-Tecza; and Adrianna Skoneczna; lp.waw.bbi@ada

Received 7 September 2017; Revised 4 December 2017; Accepted 1 January 2018; Published 20 March 2018

Academic Editor: Sabrina Büttner

Copyright © 2018 Renata Zadrag-Tecza et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


The total lifespan of the yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae may be divided into two phases: the reproductive phase, during which the cell undergoes mitosis cycles to produce successive buds, and the postreproductive phase, which extends from the last division to cell death. These phases may be regulated by a common mechanism or by distinct ones. In this paper, we proposed a more comprehensive approach to reveal the mechanisms that regulate both reproductive potential and total lifespan in cell size context. Our study was based on yeast cells, whose size was determined by increased genome copy number, ranging from haploid to tetraploid. Such experiments enabled us to test the hypertrophy hypothesis, which postulates that excessive size achieved by the cell—the hypertrophy state—is the reason preventing the cell from further proliferation. This hypothesis defines the reproductive potential value as the difference between the maximal size that a cell can reach and the threshold value, which allows a cell to undergo its first cell cycle and the rate of the cell size to increase per generation. Here, we showed that cell size has an important impact on not only the reproductive potential but also the total lifespan of this cell. Moreover, the maximal cell size value, which limits its reproduction capacity, can be regulated by different factors and differs depending on the strain ploidy. The achievement of excessive size by the cell (hypertrophic state) may lead to two distinct phenomena: the cessation of reproduction without “mother” cell death and the cessation of reproduction with cell death by bursting, which has not been shown before.