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Eun Byeol Lee, Jun Hyeong Kim, Chang Wan An, Yeong Jee Kim, Yun Jeong Noh, Su Jin Kim, Ju-Eun Kim, Abinash Chandra Shrestha, Ha-Neul Ham, Jae-Yoon Leem, Hyung-Kwon Jo, Dae-Sung Kim, Kwang Hyun Moon, Jeong Ho Lee, Kyung Ok Jeong, Dae Keun Kim
In order to discover lifespan-extending compounds made from natural resources, activity-guided fractionation of Zingiber officinale Roscoe (Zingiberaceae) ethanol extract was performed using the Caenorhabditis elegans ( C. elegans ) model system. The compound 6-gingerol was isolated from the most active ethyl acetate soluble fraction, and showed potent longevity-promoting activity. It also elevated the survival rate of worms against stressful environment including thermal, osmotic, and oxidative conditions...
March 14, 2018: Biomolecules & Therapeutics
Kostoula Troulinaki, Sven Büttner, Anaïs Marsal Cots, Simona Maida, Katharina Meyer, Fabio Bertan, Anna Gioran, Antonia Piazzesi, Alessandra Fornarelli, Pierluigi Nicotera, Daniele Bano
Impaired mitochondrial energy metabolism contributes to a wide range of pathologic conditions, including neurodegenerative diseases. Mitochondrial apoptosis-inducing factor (AIF) is required for the correct maintenance of mitochondrial electron transport chain. An emerging body of clinical evidence indicates that several mutations in the AIFM1 gene are causally linked to severe forms of mitochondrial disorders. Here we investigate the consequence of WAH-1/AIF deficiency in the survival of the nematode Caenorhabditis elegans ...
December 2018: Cell Death Discovery
Erzsebet Polyak, Julian Ostrovsky, Min Peng, Stephen D Dingley, Mai Tsukikawa, Young Joon Kwon, Shana E McCormack, Michael Bennett, Rui Xiao, Christoph Seiler, Zhe Zhang, Marni J Falk
Oxidative stress is a known contributing factor in mitochondrial respiratory chain (RC) disease pathogenesis. Yet, no efficient means exists to objectively evaluate the comparative therapeutic efficacy or toxicity of different antioxidant compounds empirically used in human RC disease. We postulated that pre-clinical comparative analysis of diverse antioxidant drugs having suggested utility in primary RC disease using animal and cellular models of RC dysfunction may improve understanding of their integrated effects and physiologic mechanisms, and enable prioritization of lead antioxidant molecules to pursue in human clinical trials...
February 23, 2018: Molecular Genetics and Metabolism
Lin Zhou, Lu Wang, Shuju Bai, Shu Xing, Wannan Li, Junfeng Ma, Xueqi Fu
Low molecular weight protein tyrosine phosphatase (LMW-PTP) is highly conserved across almost all living organisms and is involved in the modulation of a number of cellular proteins related to important signaling pathways. In this study, we isolated lmwptp (Y94H6A.7) of Caenorhabditis elegans, the homolog of human ACP1, and set up an effective feeding-based RNA interference (RNAi) knockdown against this gene. We found that knockdown of lmwptp decreased damage associated with heat shock, oxidative stress and UV irradiation in wild-type worms, however, its deficiency didn't further reduce the stress resistance of hsf-1 or daf-16 mutants and didn't further increase the stress sensitivity associated with age-1, akt-1 or akt-2 mutants, but it enhanced the stress resistance of daf-2 mutants...
March 7, 2018: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
Aristeidis P Sfakianos, Laura E Mellor, Yoke Fei Pang, Paraskevi Kritsiligkou, Hope Needs, Hussein Abou-Hamdan, Laurent Désaubry, Gino B Poulin, Mark P Ashe, Alan J Whitmarsh
Stress granules are cytoplasmic mRNA-protein complexes that form upon the inhibition of translation initiation and promote cell survival in response to environmental insults. However, they are often associated with pathologies, including neurodegeneration and cancer, and changes in their dynamics are implicated in ageing. Here we show that the mTOR effector kinases S6 kinase 1 (S6K1) and S6 kinase 2 (S6K2) localise to stress granules in human cells and are required for their assembly and maintenance after mild oxidative stress...
March 9, 2018: Cell Death and Differentiation
Heather L Bennett, Yulia Khoruzhik, Dustin Hayden, Huiyan Huang, Jarred Sanders, Melissa B Walsh, David Biron, Anne C Hart
BACKGROUND: Sleep deprivation impairs learning, causes stress, and can lead to death. Notch and JNK-1 pathways impact C. elegans sleep in complex ways; these have been hypothesized to involve compensatory sleep. C. elegans DAF-16, a FoxO transcription factor, is required for homeostatic response to decreased sleep and DAF-16 loss decreases survival after sleep bout deprivation. Here, we investigate connections between these pathways and the requirement for sleep after mechanical stress...
March 9, 2018: BMC Neuroscience
Yujie Li, Sandra Finkbeiner, Athina Ganner, Julia Gerber, Marinella Klein, Manuel Grafe, Jakob Kandzia, Antje Thien, Kathrin Thedieck, Gerhard Breves, Thomas Jank, Ralf Baumeister, Gerd Walz, Elke Neumann-Haefelin
The mechanistic target of rapamycin (mTOR) kinase is central to metabolism and growth, and has a conserved role in aging. mTOR functions in two complexes, mTORC1 and mTORC2. In diverse eukaryotes, inhibition of mTORC1 signaling increases lifespan. mTORC1 transduces anabolic signals to stimulate protein synthesis and inhibits autophagy. In this study, we demonstrate that CGEF-1, the C. elegans homolog of the human guanine nucleotide exchange factor Dbl, is a novel binding partner of RHEB-1 and activator of mTORC1 signaling in C...
February 9, 2018: Oncotarget
Liangping Su, Hongyuan Li, Cheng Huang, Tingting Zhao, Yongjun Zhang, Xueqing Ba, Zhongwei Li, Yu Zhang, Baiqu Huang, Jun Lu, Yanmei Zhao, Xiaoxue Li
Mounting evidence shows that histone methylation, a typical epigenetic mark, is crucial for gene expression regulation during aging. Decreased trimethylation of Lys 36 on histone H3 (H3K36me3) in worms and yeast is reported to shorten lifespan. The function of H3K36me2 in aging remains unclear. In this study, we identified Caenorhabditis elegans SET-18 as a histone H3K36 dimethyltransferase. SET-18 deletion extended lifespan and increased oxidative stress resistance, dependent on daf-16 activity in the insulin/IGF pathway...
March 6, 2018: Cell Reports
Vaishali Katju, Lucille B Packard, Peter D Keightley
The consequences of mutations for population fitness depends on their individual selection coefficients and the effective population size. An earlier study of Caenorhabditis elegans spontaneous mutation accumulation lines evolved for 409 generations at three population sizes found that Ne   = 1 populations declined significantly in fitness whereas the fitness of larger populations (Ne   = 5, 50) was indistinguishable from the ancestral control under benign conditions. To test if larger MA populations harbor a load of cryptic deleterious mutations that are obscured under benign laboratory conditions, we measured fitness under osmotic stress via exposure to hypersaline conditions...
March 7, 2018: Evolution; International Journal of Organic Evolution
Grace Y S Goh, Johnathan J Winter, Forum Bhanshali, Kelsie R S Doering, Regina Lai, Kayoung Lee, Elizabeth A Veal, Stefan Taubert
Endogenous and exogenous stresses elicit transcriptional responses that limit damage and promote cell/organismal survival. Like its mammalian counterparts, hepatocyte nuclear factor 4 (HNF4) and peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor α (PPARα), Caenorhabditis elegans NHR-49 is a well-established regulator of lipid metabolism. Here, we reveal that NHR-49 is essential to activate a transcriptional response common to organic peroxide and fasting, which includes the pro-longevity gene fmo-2/flavin-containing monooxygenase...
March 5, 2018: Aging Cell
C Daniel De Magalhaes Filho, Brian Henriquez, Nicole E Seah, Ronald M Evans, Louis R Lapierre, Andrew Dillin
The transparent nematode Caenorhabditis elegans can sense UV and blue-violet light to alter behavior. Because high-dose UV and blue-violet light are not a common feature outside of the laboratory setting, we asked what role, if any, could low-intensity visible light play in C. elegans physiology and longevity. Here, we show that C. elegans lifespan is inversely correlated to the time worms were exposed to visible light. While circadian control, lite-1 and tax-2 do not contribute to the lifespan reduction, we demonstrate that visible light creates photooxidative stress along with a general unfolded-protein response that decreases the lifespan...
March 2, 2018: Nature Communications
Meirong Bai, Roman Vozdek, Aleš Hnízda, Chenxiao Jiang, Bingying Wang, Ladislav Kuchar, Tiejun Li, Yuefan Zhang, Chase Wood, Liang Feng, Yongjun Dang, Dengke K Ma
Mesencephalic astrocyte-derived neurotrophic factor (MANF) is an endoplasmic reticulum (ER) protein that can be secreted and protects dopamine neurons and cardiomyocytes from ER stress and apoptosis. The mechanism of action of extracellular MANF has long been elusive. From a genetic screen for mutants with abnormal ER stress response, we identified the gene Y54G2A.23 as the evolutionarily conserved C. elegans MANF orthologue. We find that MANF binds to the lipid sulfatide, also known as 3-O-sulfogalactosylceramide present in serum and outer-cell membrane leaflets, directly in isolated forms and in reconstituted lipid micelles...
March 1, 2018: Nature Communications
Herbenya Peixoto, Mariana Roxo, Hector Koolen, Felipe da Silva, Emerson Silva, Markus Santhosh Braun, Xiaojuan Wang, Michael Wink
The tree popularly known in Brazil as mulateiro or pau-mulato ( Calycophyllum spruceanum (Benth.) K. Schum.) is deeply embedded in the herbal medicine of the Amazon region. Different preparations of the bark are claimed to have anti-aging, antioxidant, antimicrobial, emollient, wound healing, hemostatic, contraceptive, stimulant, and anti-diabetic properties. The current study aims to provide the first step towards a science-based evidence of the beneficial effects of C. spruceanum in the promotion of longevity and in the modulation of age-related markers...
February 27, 2018: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
Haifeng Li, Linnan Su, Sheng Chen, Libin Zhao, Hongyu Wang, Fei Ding, Hong Chen, Ruona Shi, Yulan Wang, Zebo Huang
Nostoc colonies have been used as food and medicine for centuries, and their main supporting matrix is polysaccharides, which help Nostoc cells resist various environmental stresses including oxidative stress. Here we isolated a polysaccharide, nostoglycan, from cultured Nostoc sphaeroides colonies and determined its physicochemical properties, which revealed a characteristic infrared absorption spectrum typical of polysaccharides and an amorphous morphology with rough surfaces. We also show that nostoglycan has strong moisture absorption and retention capacities and a high relative viscosity...
February 24, 2018: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
Toshia R Myers, Pier Giorgio Amendola, Yvonne C Lussi, Anna Elisabetta Salcini
Post-translational modifications of histones, constitutive components of chromatin, regulate chromatin compaction and control all DNA-based cellular processes. C. elegans JMJD-1.2, a member of the KDM7 family, is a demethylase active towards several lysine residues on Histone 3 (H3), but its contribution in regulating histone methylation in germ cells has not been fully investigated. Here, we show that jmjd-1.2 is expressed abundantly in the germline where it controls the level of histone 3 lysine 9, lysine 23 and lysine 27 di-methylation (H3K9/K23/K27me2) both in mitotic and meiotic cells...
February 28, 2018: Scientific Reports
William Dodd, Lanlan Tang, Jean-Christophe Lone, Keon Wimberly, Cheng-Wei Wu, Claudia Consalvo, Joni E Wright, Nathalie Pujol, Keith P Choe
Extracellular matrix barriers and inducible cytoprotective genes form successive lines of defense against chemical and microbial environmental stressors. The barrier in nematodes is a collagenous extracellular matrix called the cuticle. In C. elegans , disruption of some cuticle collagen genes activates osmolyte and antimicrobial response genes. Physical damage to the epidermis also activates antimicrobial responses. Here, we assayed the effect of knocking down genes required for cuticle and epidermal integrity on diverse cellular stress responses...
February 27, 2018: Genetics
Emilie Demoinet, Richard Roy
Environmental variation experienced early in life can result in long-term reproductive consequences. We have recently identified an important role for AMPK in the prevention of transgenerational defects following starvation of L1 stage larvae in C. elegans. Here we describe a means of analyzing these transgenerational defects following a single exposure to energy stress during early larval development. We also provide methods to quantify the histone modifications that are affected by this stress, along with the resulting reproductive defects that arise in later generations...
2018: Methods in Molecular Biology
Jason F Cooper, Jeremy M Van Raamsdonk
Parkinson's disease (PD) is an adult onset neurodegenerative disease that is characterized by selective degeneration of neurons primarily in the substantia nigra. At present, the pathogenesis of PD is incompletely understood and there are no neuroprotective treatments available. Accurate animal models of PD provide the opportunity to elucidate disease mechanisms and identify therapeutic targets. This review focuses on C. elegans models of PD, including both genetic and toxicant models. This microscopic worm offers several advantages for the study of PD including ease of genetic manipulation, ability to complete experiments rapidly, low cost, and ability to perform large scale screens for disease modifiers...
2018: Journal of Parkinson's Disease
Mariana Andrea Peralta, María Gabriela Ortega, José Luis Cabrera, María Gabriela Paraje
The antioxidant effect of 8PP, a prenylflavonoid from Dalea elegans on Candida albicans biofilms, was investigated. We previously reported that sensitive (SCa) and resistant C. albicans (RCa) biofilms were strongly inhibited by this compound, in a dose-depending manner (50 μM-100 μM), with a prooxidant effect leading to accumulation of endogenous oxidative metabolites and increased antioxidant defenses. In this work, the antifungal activity of high concentrations of 8PP (200-1000 μM), the cellular stress imbalance and the architecture of biofilms were evaluated...
February 21, 2018: Food and Chemical Toxicology
Thanh Thi Kim Vuong-Brender, Arthur Boutillon, David Rodriguez, Vincent Lavilley, Michel Labouesse
Adherens junctions (AJs) are key structures regulating tissue integrity and maintaining adhesion between cells. During morphogenesis, junctional proteins cooperate closely with the actomyosin network to drive cell movement and shape changes. How the junctions integrate the mechanical forces in space and in time during an in vivo morphogenetic event is still largely unknown, due to a lack of quantitative data. To address this issue, we inserted a functional Fluorescence Resonance Energy Transfer (FRET)-based force biosensor within HMP-1/α-catenin of Caenorhabditis elegans...
2018: PloS One
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