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Adi Pinkas, Michael Aschner
Advanced glycation end-products (AGEs) are non-enzymatically glycated proteins, lipids and nucleic acids. These compounds both originate exogenously and are formed endogenously, and are associated, along with one of their receptors - RAGE, with a variety of pathologies and neurodegeneration. Some of their deleterious effects include affecting insulin signaling and FOXO-related pathways in both receptor-dependent and -independent manner. A potential ameliorating agent for these effects is insulin, which is being studied in several in vivo and in vitro models; one of these models is C...
October 5, 2016: Chemical Research in Toxicology
Marieke Visscher, Sasha De Henau, Mattheus H E Wildschut, Robert M van Es, Ineke Dhondt, Helen Michels, Patrick Kemmeren, Ellen A Nollen, Bart P Braeckman, Boudewijn M T Burgering, Harmjan R Vos, Tobias B Dansen
The balance between protein synthesis and protein breakdown is a major determinant of protein homeostasis, and loss of protein homeostasis is one of the hallmarks of aging. Here we describe pulsed SILAC-based experiments to estimate proteome-wide turnover rates of individual proteins. We applied this method to determine protein turnover rates in Caenorhabditis elegans models of longevity and Parkinson's disease, using both developing and adult animals. Whereas protein turnover in developing, long-lived daf-2(e1370) worms is about 30% slower than in controls, the opposite was observed in day 5 adult worms, in which protein turnover in the daf-2(e1370) mutant is twice as fast as in controls...
September 13, 2016: Cell Reports
Ineke Dhondt, Vladislav A Petyuk, Huaihan Cai, Lieselot Vandemeulebroucke, Andy Vierstraete, Richard D Smith, Geert Depuydt, Bart P Braeckman
Most aging hypotheses assume the accumulation of damage, resulting in gradual physiological decline and, ultimately, death. Avoiding protein damage accumulation by enhanced turnover should slow down the aging process and extend the lifespan. However, lowering translational efficiency extends rather than shortens the lifespan in C. elegans. We studied turnover of individual proteins in the long-lived daf-2 mutant by combining SILeNCe (stable isotope labeling by nitrogen in Caenorhabditiselegans) and mass spectrometry...
September 13, 2016: Cell Reports
Gayeung Kwon, Jiyun Lee, Young-Hee Lim
Dairy Propionibacterium freudenreichii is a candidate non-lactic acid probiotic. However, little information is available on the effect of P. freudenreichii on lifespan extension in humans. The aim of this study was to evaluate the effects of P. freudenreichii on lifespan extension and to elucidate the mechanism of P. freudenreichii-dependent lifespan extension in Caenorhabditis elegans. The results showed that P. freudenreichii significantly (p < 0.05) extended the lifespan of C. elegans compared with Escherichia coli OP50, a standard food for the worm...
2016: Scientific Reports
Julianne Martell, Yonghak Seo, Daniel W Bak, Samuel F Kingsley, Heidi A Tissenbaum, Eranthie Weerapana
In the nematode Caenorhabditis elegans, inactivating mutations in the insulin/IGF-1 receptor, DAF-2, result in a 2-fold increase in lifespan mediated by DAF-16, a FOXO-family transcription factor. Downstream protein activities that directly regulate longevity during impaired insulin/IGF-1 signaling (IIS) are poorly characterized. Here, we use global cysteine-reactivity profiling to identify protein activity changes during impaired IIS. Upon confirming that cysteine reactivity is a good predictor of functionality in C...
August 18, 2016: Cell Chemical Biology
Hoon Jeon, Dong Seok Cha
The present study investigated the effects and underlying mechanism of ethylacetate fraction of Ribes fasciculatum (ERF) on the lifespan and stress tolerance using a Caenorhabditis elegans model. The longevity activity of ERF was determined by lifespan assay under normal culture condition. The survival rate of nematodes under various stress conditions was assessed to validate the effects of ERF on the stress tolerance. To determine the antioxidant potential of ERF, the superoxide dismutase (SOD) activities and intracellular reactive oxygen species (ROS) levels were investigated...
May 2016: Chinese Journal of Natural Medicines
Vikram Narayan, Tony Ly, Ehsan Pourkarimi, Alejandro Brenes Murillo, Anton Gartner, Angus I Lamond, Cynthia Kenyon
Effective network analysis of protein data requires high-quality proteomic datasets. Here, we report a near doubling in coverage of the C. elegans adult proteome, identifying >11,000 proteins in total with ∼9,400 proteins reproducibly detected in three biological replicates. Using quantitative mass spectrometry, we identify proteins whose abundances vary with age, revealing a concerted downregulation of proteins involved in specific metabolic pathways and upregulation of cellular stress responses with advancing age...
August 2016: Cell Systems
Shun Kitaoka, Anthony D Morielli, Feng-Qi Zhao
Insulin signaling plays a central role in the regulation of facilitative glucose transporters (GLUTs) in humans. To establish Caenorhabditis elegans (C. elegans) as a model to study the mechanism underlying insulin regulation of GLUT, we identified that FGT-1 is most likely the only functional GLUT homolog in C. elegans and is ubiquitously expressed. The FGT-1-mediated glucose uptake was almost completely defective in insulin/IGF-like signaling (IIS) mutants daf-2 and age-1, and this defect mainly resulted from the down-regulated FGT-1 protein expression...
June 2016: FEBS Open Bio
Shan-Qing Zheng, Xiao-Bing Huang, Ti-Kun Xing, Ai-Jun Ding, Gui-Sheng Wu, Huai-Rong Luo
Coffee and tea, two of the most popular drinks around the world, share many in common from chemical components to beneficial effects on human health. One of their shared components, the polyphenols, most notably chlorogenic acid (CGA), was supposed to account for many of the beneficial effects on ameliorating diseases occurred accompanying people aging, such as the antioxidant effect and against diabetes and cardiovascular disease. CGA is also present in many traditional Chinese medicines. However, the mechanism of these effects was vague...
July 4, 2016: Journals of Gerontology. Series A, Biological Sciences and Medical Sciences
Udayakumar Prithika, Veerappan Deepa, Krishnaswamy Balamurugan
Heat shock proteins (HSPs) are highly chaperonic molecules that give immediate response during any stress, tissue damage or bacterial infections. In the present study, the role of HSPs upon bacterial encounter is studied by applying external heat induction to live Caenorhabditis elegans Heat shock was observed to increase the life span of wild type C. elegans upon pathogenic encounter, indicating a role of HSPs in bacterial infection and immunity. Similar increase in resistance towards pathogenesis observed in long-lived C...
August 2016: Innate Immunity
Huimin Peng, Zhaohan Wei, Hujie Luo, Yiting Yang, Zhengxing Wu, Lu Gan, Xiangliang Yang
Hesperidin, abundant in citrus fruits, has a wide range of pharmacological effects, including anticarcinogenic, anti-inflammatory, antioxidative, radioprotective, and antiviral activities. However, relatively few studies on the effects of hesperidin on lipid metabolism have been reported. Here, using Caenorhaditis elegans as a model animal, we found that 100 μM hesperidin significantly decreased fat accumulation in both high-fat worms cultured in nematode growth medium containing 10 mM glucose (83.5 ± 1.2% versus control by Sudan Black B staining and 87...
June 29, 2016: Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry
James Dillon, Lindy Holden-Dye, Vincent O'Connor, Neil A Hopper
Insulin signalling plays a significant role in both developmental programmes and pathways modulating the neuronal signalling that controls adult behaviour. Here, we have investigated insulin signalling in food-associated behaviour in adult C. elegans by scoring locomotion and feeding on and off bacteria, the worm's food. This analysis used mutants (daf-2, daf-18) of the insulin signalling pathway, and we provide evidence for an acute role for insulin signalling in the adult nervous system distinct from its impact on developmental programmes...
June 2016: Invertebrate Neuroscience: IN
Masahiro Tomioka, Yasuki Naito, Hidehito Kuroyanagi, Yuichi Iino
Alternative splicing generates protein diversity essential for neuronal properties. However, the precise mechanisms underlying this process and its relevance to physiological and behavioural functions are poorly understood. To address these issues, we focused on a cassette exon of the Caenorhabditis elegans insulin receptor gene daf-2, whose proper variant expression in the taste receptor neuron ASER is critical for taste-avoidance learning. We show that inclusion of daf-2 exon 11.5 is restricted to specific neuron types, including ASER, and is controlled by a combinatorial action of evolutionarily conserved alternative splicing factors, RBFOX, CELF and PTB families of proteins...
2016: Nature Communications
Pedro Reis Rodrigues, Tiffany K Kaul, Jo-Hao Ho, Mark Lucanic, Kristopher Burkewitz, William B Mair, Jason M Held, Laura M Bohn, Matthew S Gill
Under adverse environmental conditions the nematode Caenorhabditis elegans can enter an alternate developmental stage called the dauer larva. To identify lipophilic signaling molecules that influence this process, we screened a library of bioactive lipids and found that AM251, an antagonist of the human cannabinoid (CB) receptor, suppresses dauer entry in daf-2 insulin receptor mutants. AM251 acted synergistically with glucose supplementation indicating that the metabolic status of the animal influenced the activity of this compound...
2016: G3: Genes—Genomes—Genetics
Capilla Mata-Pérez, Beatriz Sánchez-Calvo, Juan C Begara-Morales, Alfonso Carreras, María N Padilla, Manuel Melguizo, Raquel Valderrama, Francisco J Corpas, Juan B Barroso
Nitro-fatty acids (NO2-FAs), which are the result of the interaction between reactive nitrogen species (RNS) and non-saturated fatty acids, constitute a new research area in plant systems, and their study has significantly increased. Very recently, the endogenous presence of nitro-linolenic acid (NO2-Ln) has been reported in the model plant Arabidopsis thaliana. In this regard, the signaling role of this molecule has been shown to be key in setting up a defense mechanism by inducing the chaperone network in plants...
July 1, 2016: Nitric Oxide: Biology and Chemistry
Mihwa Seo, Sangsoon Park, Hong Gil Nam, Seung-Jae V Lee
RNA helicases, which unwind RNAs, are essential for RNA metabolism and homeostasis. However, the roles of RNA helicases in specific physiological processes remain poorly understood. We recently reported that an RNA helicase, HEL-1, promotes long lifespan conferred by reduced insulin/insulin-like growth factor-1 (IGF-1) signaling (IIS) in Caenorhabditis elegans. We also showed that HEL-1 induces the expression of longevity genes by physically interacting with Forkhead box O (FOXO) transcription factor. Thus, the HEL-1 RNA helicase appears to regulate lifespan by specifically activating FOXO in IIS...
July 17, 2016: Cell Cycle
Tiantian Xu, Ping Li, Siyu Wu, Dan Li, Jingxuan Wu, Kathleen M Raley-Susman, Defu He
Perfluorooctane sulfonate (PFOS) is a persistent organic pollutant. Although multiple adverse effects of PFOS have been demonstrated, whether PFOS can accelerate aging and affect animal longevity remains unknown. In Caenorhabditis elegans, we found that a 50 h exposure to 0.2-200 µM PFOS reduced lifespan in a concentration dependent manner. In transgenic nematodes, lifespans are affected by mutations of daf-16, daf-2 or age-1 genes, which are related to the Insulin/IGF-1 Signaling pathway (IIS). PFOS exposure caused an additional reduction in average lifespan in daf-2(e1370) and daf-16b(KO) nematodes...
July 2016: Bulletin of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology
Stefan Ruemer, Markus Krischke, Agnes Fekete, Maria Lesch, Marin J Mueller, Werner M Kaiser
Nitric oxide, a gaseous radical molecule, appears involved in many reactions in all living organisms. Fluorescent dyes like DAF-2 and related compounds are still widely used to monitor NO production inside or outside cells, although doubts about their specificity have recently been raised. We present evidence that DAF dyes do not only react with nitric oxide but also with peroxidase enzyme and hydrogen peroxide. Both are secreted in the case of elicitation of tobacco suspension cells with cryptogein, with a fluorescence increase mimicking NO release from cells...
2016: Methods in Molecular Biology
Srinivas Agurla, Gunja Gayatri, Agepati S Raghavendra
The quantitative measurement of nitric oxide (NO) in plant cells acquired great importance, in view of the multifaceted function and involvement of NO as a signal in various plant processes. Monitoring of NO in guard cells is quite simple because of the large size of guard cells and ease of observing the detached epidermis under microscope. Stomatal guard cells therefore provide an excellent model system to study the components of signal transduction. The levels and functions of NO in relation to stomatal closure can be monitored, with the help of an inverted fluorescence or confocal microscope...
2016: Methods in Molecular Biology
Aakanksha Wany, Kapuganti Jagadis Gupta
Nitric oxide is a free radical signal molecule. Various methods are available for measurement of NO. Out of all methods, fluorescent probes to localize NO is very widely used method. Diaminofluorescein in diacetate form (DAF-2DA) is most widely probe for NO measurement. This method is based on application of 4,5-diaminofluorescein diacetate (DAF-2DA) which is actively diffused into cells, once taken up by cells cytoplasmic esterases cleave the acetate groups to generate 4,5-diaminofluorescein; DAF-2. The generated DAF-2 can readily react with N2O3, which is an oxidation product of NO to generate the highly fluorescent DAF-2T (triazolofluorescein)...
2016: Methods in Molecular Biology
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