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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333578/hormetic-heat-shock-and-hsf-1-overexpression-improve-c-elegans-survival-by-inducing-autophagy
#1
Caroline Kumsta, Malene Hansen
The cellular recycling process of macroautophagy/autophagy is an essential homeostatic system induced by various stresses, but it remains unclear how autophagy contributes to organismal stress resistance. In a recent study, we report that a mild and physiologically beneficial ("hormetic") heat shock as well as overexpression of the heat-shock responsive transcription factor HSF-1 systemically increases autophagy in C. elegans. Accordingly, we found HSF-1- and heat stress-inducible autophagy to be required for C...
March 23, 2017: Autophagy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28331075/myosin-activity-drives-actomyosin-bundle-formation-and-organization-in-contractile-cells-of-the-c-elegans-spermatheca
#2
Alison C E Wirshing, Erin J Cram
Stress fibers, contractile actomyosin bundles, are important for cellular force production and adaptation to physical stress and have been well-studied within the context of cell migration. However, less is known about actomyosin bundle formation and organization in vivo and in specialized contractile cells, such as smooth muscle and myoepithelial cells. The Caenorhabditis elegans spermatheca is a bag-like organ of 24 myoepithelial cells that houses the sperm and is the site of fertilization. During ovulation, spermathecal cells are stretched by oocyte entry and then coordinately contract to expel the fertilized embryo into the uterus...
March 22, 2017: Molecular Biology of the Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329170/life-span-extension-by-axenic-dietary-restriction-is-independent-of-the-mitochondrial-unfolded-protein-response-and-mitohormesis-in-caenorhabditis-elegans
#3
Huaihan Cai, Madina Rasulova, Lieselot Vandemeulebroucke, Lea Meagher, Caroline Vlaeminck, Ineke Dhondt, Bart P Braeckman
In Caenorhabditis elegans, a broad range of dietary restriction regimens extend life span to different degrees by separate or partially overlapping molecular pathways. One of these regimens, axenic dietary restriction, doubles the worm's life span but currently, almost nothing is known about the underlying molecular mechanism. Previous studies suggest that mitochondrial stress responses such as the mitochondrial unfolded protein response (UPRmt) or mitohormesis may play a vital role in axenic dietary restriction-induced longevity...
March 17, 2017: Journals of Gerontology. Series A, Biological Sciences and Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28322326/superoxide-dismutase-sod-1-modulates-c-elegans-pathogen-avoidance-behavior
#4
Alexander M Horspool, Howard C Chang
The C. elegans nervous system mediates protective physiological and behavioral responses amid infection. However, it remains largely unknown how the nervous system responds to reactive oxygen species (ROS) activated by pathogenic microbes during infection. Here, we show superoxide dismutase-1 (SOD-1), an enzyme that converts superoxide into less toxic hydrogen peroxide and oxygen, functions in the gustatory neuron ASER to mediate C. elegans pathogen avoidance response. When C. elegans first encounters pathogenic bacteria P...
March 21, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28320949/discovery-of-scmr-as-a-global-regulator-of-secondary-metabolism-and-virulence-in-burkholderia-thailandensis-e264
#5
Dainan Mao, Leah B Bushin, Kyuho Moon, Yihan Wu, Mohammad R Seyedsayamdost
Bacteria produce a diverse array of secondary metabolites that have been invaluable in the clinic and in research. These metabolites are synthesized by dedicated biosynthetic gene clusters (BGCs), which assemble architecturally complex molecules from simple building blocks. The majority of BGCs in a given bacterium are not expressed under normal laboratory growth conditions, and our understanding of how they are silenced is in its infancy. Here, we have addressed this question in the Gram-negative model bacterium Burkholderia thailandensis E264 using genetic, transcriptomic, metabolomic, and chemical approaches...
March 20, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28316775/guarana-paullinia-cupana-mart-attenuates-methylmercury-induced-toxicity-in-caenorhabditis-elegans
#6
Leticia Priscilla Arantes, Tanara Vieira Peres, Pam Chen, Samuel Caito, Michael Aschner, Félix Alexandre Antunes Soares
The influence of routine guarana (Paullinia cupana) consumption on apparent tolerance to mercury intoxication has been proposed. The present study investigated this hypothesis in Caenorhabditis elegans, a suitable experimental model for studies in toxicology. Wild type (WT) and skn-1 (ok2315) worm strains were pretreated with guarana ethanolic extract (GEE) from larvae 1 (L1) to L4 stage and then exposed for 6 hours to methylmercury (MeHg). The analyses included evaluation of GEE's effects on lethality, developmental delay, feeding, locomotion, gene expression (sod-3, gst-4, sir-2...
November 1, 2016: Toxicology Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28315685/abcb10-depletion-reduces-unfolded-protein-response-in-mitochondria
#7
Masato Yano
Mitochondria have many functions, including ATP generation. The electron transport chain (ETC) and the coupled ATP synthase generate ATP by consuming oxygen. Reactive oxygen species (ROS) are also produced by ETC, and ROS damage deoxyribonucleic acids, membrane lipids and proteins. Recent analysis indicate that mitochondrial unfolded protein response (UPR(mt)), which enhances expression of mitochondrial chaperones and proteases to remove damaged proteins, is activated when damaged proteins accumulate in the mitochondria...
March 16, 2017: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28294943/a-team-of-heterochromatin-factors-collaborates-with-small-rna-pathways-to-combat-repetitive-elements-and-germline-stress
#8
Alicia N McMurchy, Przemyslaw Stempor, Tessa Gaarenstroom, Brian Wysolmerski, Yan Dong, Darya Aussianikava, Alex Appert, Ni Huang, Paulina Kolasinska-Zwierz, Alexandra Sapetschnig, Eric A Miska, Julie Ahringer
Repetitive sequences derived from transposons make up a large fraction of eukaryotic genomes and must be silenced to protect genome integrity. Repetitive elements are often found in heterochromatin; however, the roles and interactions of heterochromatin proteins in repeat regulation are poorly understood. Here we show that a diverse set of C. elegans heterochromatin proteins act together with the piRNA and nuclear RNAi pathways to silence repetitive elements and prevent genotoxic stress in the germ line. Mutants in genes encoding HPL-2/HP1, LIN-13, LIN-61, LET-418/Mi-2, and H3K9me2 histone methyltransferase MET-2/SETDB1 also show functionally redundant sterility, increased germline apoptosis, DNA repair defects, and interactions with small RNA pathways...
March 15, 2017: ELife
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28289190/ampk-blocks-starvation-inducible-transgenerational-defects-in-caenorhabditis-elegans
#9
Emilie Demoinet, Shaolin Li, Richard Roy
Life history events, such as traumatic stress, illness, or starvation, can influence us through molecular changes that are recorded in a pattern of characteristic chromatin modifications. These modifications are often associated with adaptive adjustments in gene expression that can persist throughout the lifetime of the organism, or even span multiple generations. Although these adaptations may confer some selective advantage, if they are not appropriately regulated they can also be maladaptive in a context-dependent manner...
March 13, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28288129/endoplasmic-reticulum-mediated-microtubule-alignment-governs-cytoplasmic-streaming
#10
Kenji Kimura, Alexandre Mamane, Tohru Sasaki, Kohta Sato, Jun Takagi, Ritsuya Niwayama, Lars Hufnagel, Yuta Shimamoto, Jean-François Joanny, Seiichi Uchida, Akatsuki Kimura
Cytoplasmic streaming refers to a collective movement of cytoplasm observed in many cell types. The mechanism of meiotic cytoplasmic streaming (MeiCS) in Caenorhabditis elegans zygotes is puzzling as the direction of the flow is not predefined by cell polarity and occasionally reverses. Here, we demonstrate that the endoplasmic reticulum (ER) network structure is required for the collective flow. Using a combination of RNAi, microscopy and image processing of C. elegans zygotes, we devise a theoretical model, which reproduces and predicts the emergence and reversal of the flow...
March 13, 2017: Nature Cell Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28286208/oxoisoaporphine-alkaloid-derivative-8-1-reduces-a%C3%AE-1-42-secretion-and-toxicity-in-human-cell-and-caenorhabditis-elegans-models-of-alzheimer-s-disease
#11
Liyingzi Huang, Yunfeng Luo, Zhijun Pu, Xianghui Kong, Xiang Fu, Huanhuan Xing, Shenqi Wei, Huang Tang, Wei Chen
Alzheimer's disease (AD) is a multifactorial neurodegenerative disease and a growing health problem worldwide. Because the drugs currently used to treat AD have certain drawbacks such as single targeting, there is a need to develop novel multi-target compounds, among which oxoisoaporphine alkaloid derivatives are promising candidates. In this study, the possible anti-AD activities of 14 novel oxoisoaporphine alkaloid derivatives that we synthesized were screened and evaluated. We found that, in the 14 novel derivatives, compound 8-1 significantly reduced Aβ1-42 secretion in SH-SY5Y cells overexpressing the Swedish mutant form of human β-amyloid precursor protein (APPsw)...
March 9, 2017: Neurochemistry International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28282941/conservation-of-the-keap1-nrf2-system-an-evolutionary-journey-through-stressful-space-and-time
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REVIEW
Yuji Fuse, Makoto Kobayashi
The Keap1-Nrf2 system is an evolutionarily conserved defense mechanism against oxidative and xenobiotic stress. Its regulatory mechanisms, e.g., stress-sensing mechanism, proteasome-based regulation of Nrf2 activity and selection of target genes, have been elucidated mainly in mammals. In addition, emerging model animals, such as zebrafish, fruit fly and Caenorhabditis elegans, have been shown to have similar anti-stress systems to mammals, suggesting that analogous defense systems are widely conserved throughout the animal kingdom...
March 9, 2017: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28276029/assessing-mitochondrial-selective-autophagy-in-the-nematode-caenorhabditis-elegans
#13
Konstantinos Palikaras, Nektarios Tavernarakis
Eukaryotic cells heavily depend on ATP generated by oxidative phosphorylation (OXPHOS) within mitochondria. Besides being the main suppliers of cell's energy, mitochondria also provide an additional compartment for a wide range of cellular processes and metabolic pathways. Mitochondria constantly undergo fusion/fission events and form a mitochondrial network, which is a highly dynamic, tubular structure allowing for rapid and continuous exchange of genetic material, as well as, targeting dysfunctional mitochondria for degradation through mitochondrial selective autophagy (mitophagy)...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28272406/o-glcnacylation-of-skn-1-modulates-the-lifespan-and-oxidative-stress-resistance-in-caenorhabditis-elegans
#14
Hongyuan Li, Xin Liu, Dan Wang, Liangping Su, Tingting Zhao, Zhongwei Li, Cong Lin, Yu Zhang, Baiqu Huang, Jun Lu, Xiaoxue Li
In C. elegans, the transcription factor skinhead-1 (SKN-1), the ortholog of human NF-E2-related factor 2 (Nrf-2), plays important roles in oxidative stress defense and aging processes. It has been documented that the activity of SKN-1 is regulated by its phosphorylation modification. However, whether other posttranslational modifications of SKN-1 affect its function remains unclear to date. Here we report, for the first time, that SKN-1 is O-GlcNAcylated at Ser470 and Thr493 by O-GlcNActransferase OGT-1. By generating the double mutations of Ser470/Thr493 in the wild type and skn-1(zu67) worms, respectively, we found that disruption of O-GlcNAc modification on SKN-1 repressed the accumulation of SKN-1 in the intestinal nuclei, and decreased the activities of SKN-1 in modulating lifespan and oxidative stress resistance...
March 8, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28265360/a-nutritional-supplement-containing-lactoferrin-stimulates-the-immune-system-extends-lifespan-and-reduces-amyloid-%C3%AE-peptide-toxicity-in-caenorhabditis-elegans
#15
Patricia Martorell, Silvia Llopis, Nuria Gonzalez, Daniel Ramón, Gabriel Serrano, Ana Torrens, Juan M Serrano, Maria Navarro, Salvador Genovés
Lactoferrin is a highly multifunctional glycoprotein involved in many physiological functions, including regulation of iron absorption and immune responses. Moreover, there is increasing evidence for neuroprotective effects of lactoferrin. We used Caenorhabditis elegans as a model to test the protective effects, both on phenotype and transcriptome, of a nutraceutical product based on lactoferrin liposomes. In a dose-dependent manner, the lactoferrin-based product protected against acute oxidative stress and extended lifespan of C...
March 2017: Food Science & Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28259123/is-it-possible-to-prove-the-existence-of-an-aging-program-by-quantitative-analysis-of-mortality-dynamics
#16
REVIEW
G A Shilovsky, T S Putyatina, S N Lysenkov, V V Ashapkin, O S Luchkina, A V Markov, V P Skulachev
Accumulation of various types of lesions in the course of aging increases an organism's vulnerability and results in a monotonous elevation of mortality rate, irrespective of the position of a species on the evolutionary tree. Stroustrup et al. (Nature, 530, 103-107) [1] showed in 2016 that in the nematode Caenorhabditis elegans, longevity-altering factors (e.g. oxidative stress, temperature, or diet) do not change the shape of the survival curve, but either stretch or shrink it along the time axis, which the authors attributed to the existence of an "aging program"...
December 2016: Biochemistry. Biokhimii︠a︡
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28250105/neuronal-function-of-the-mrna-decapping-complex-determines-survival-of-caenorhabditis-elegans-at-high-temperature-through-temporal-regulation-of-heterochronic-gene-expression
#17
Fivos Borbolis, Christina-Maria Flessa, Fani Roumelioti, George Diallinas, Dimitrios J Stravopodis, Popi Syntichaki
In response to adverse environmental cues, Caenorhabditis elegans larvae can temporarily arrest development at the second moult and form dauers, a diapause stage that allows for long-term survival. This process is largely regulated by certain evolutionarily conserved signal transduction pathways, but it is also affected by miRNA-mediated post-transcriptional control of gene expression. The 5'-3' mRNA decay mechanism contributes to miRNA-mediated silencing of target mRNAs in many organisms but how it affects developmental decisions during normal or stress conditions is largely unknown...
March 2017: Open Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28241407/survival-assays-using-caenorhabditis-elegans
#18
REVIEW
Hae-Eun H Park, Yoonji Jung, Seung-Jae V Lee
Caenorhabditis elegans is an important model organism with many useful features, including rapid development and aging, easy cultivation, and genetic tractability. Survival assays using C. elegans are powerful methods for studying physiological processes. In this review, we describe diverse types of C. elegans survival assays and discuss the aims, uses, and advantages of specific assays. C. elegans survival assays have played key roles in identifying novel genetic factors that regulate many aspects of animal physiology, such as aging and lifespan, stress response, and immunity against pathogens...
February 2017: Molecules and Cells
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28239624/p-body-and-stress-granule-quantification-in-caenorhabditis-elegans
#19
Matthias Rieckher, Nektarios Tavernarakis
Eukaryotic cells contain various types of cytoplasmic, non-membrane bound ribonucleoprotein (RNP) granules that consist of non-translating mRNAs and a versatile set of associated proteins. One prominent type of RNP granules are Processing bodies (P bodies), which majorly harbors translationally inactive mRNAs and an array of proteins mediating mRNA degradation, translational repression and cellular mRNA transport (Sheth and Parker, 2003). Another type of RNP granules, the stress granules (SGs), majorly contain mRNAs associated with translation initiation factors and are formed upon stress-induced translational stalling (Kedersha et al...
January 20, 2017: Bio-protocol
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28239568/expression-of-hepatitis-b-virus-surface-antigens-induces-defective-gonad-phenotypes-in-caenorhabditis-elegans
#20
Yi-Yin Chen, Li-Wei Lee, Wei-Ning Hong, Szecheng J Lo
AIM: To test whether a simple animal, Caenorhabditis elegans (C. elegans), can be used as an alternative model to study the interaction between hepatitis B virus antigens (HBsAg) and host factors. METHODS: Three plasmids that were able to express the large, middle and small forms of HBsAgs (LHBsAg, MHBsAg, and SHBsAg, respectively) driven by a ubiquitous promoter (fib-1) and three that were able to express SHBsAg driven by different tissue-specific promoters were constructed and microinjected into worms...
February 12, 2017: World Journal of Virology
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