Progeroid laminopathies are characterized by the abnormal processing of lamin A, the appearance of misshapen nuclei, and the accumulation and persistence of DNA damage. In the present article, I consider the contribution of defective DNA damage pathways to the pathology of progeroid laminopathies. Defects in DNA repair pathways appear to be caused by a combination of factors. These include abnormal epigenetic modifications of chromatin that are required to recruit DNA repair pathways to sites of DNA damage, abnormal recruitment of DNA excision repair proteins to sites of DNA double-strand breaks, and unrepairable ROS (reactive oxygen species)-induced DNA damage. At least two of these defective processes offer the potential for novel therapeutic approaches.

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