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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428286/a-genetic-analysis-of-the-caenorhabditis-elegans-detoxification-response
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Tetsunari Fukushige, Harold E Smith, Johji Miwa, Michael W Krause, John A Hanover
Oxidative damage contributes to human diseases of aging including diabetes, cancer, and cardiovascular disorders. Reactive oxygen species resulting from xenobiotic and endogenous metabolites are sensed by a poorly understood process, triggering a cascade of regulatory factors and leading to the activation of the transcription factor Nrf2 (SKN-1 in Caenorhabditis elegans). Nrf2/SKN-1 activation promotes the induction of the Phase II detoxification system that serves to limit oxidative stress. We have extended a previous C...
April 19, 2017: Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28423308/how-a-mutation-that-slows-aging-can-also-disproportionately-extend-end-of-life-decrepitude
#2
Katie Podshivalova, Rex A Kerr, Cynthia Kenyon
The goal of aging research is to extend healthy, active life. For decades, C. elegans daf-2 insulin/insulin-like growth factor 1 (IGF-1) receptor mutants have served as a model for extended lifespan and youthfulness. However, a recent report suggested that their longevity is associated with an undesirable phenotype: a disproportionately long period of decrepitude at the end of life. In the human population, such an outcome would be a burden to society, bringing into question the relevance of daf-2 mutants as a model for life extension...
April 18, 2017: Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28404998/a-single-biochemical-activity-underlies-the-pleiotropy-of-the-aging-related-protein-clk-1
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Ju-Ling Liu, Callista Yee, Ying Wang, Siegfried Hekimi
The Caenorhabditis elegans clk-1 gene and the orthologous mouse gene Mclk1 encode a mitochondrial hydroxylase that is necessary for the biosynthesis of ubiquinone (UQ). Mutations in these genes produce broadly pleiotropic phenotypes in both species, including a lengthening of animal lifespan. A number of features of the C. elegans clk-1 mutants, including a maternal effect, particularly extensive pleiotropy, as well as unexplained differences between alleles have suggested that CLK-1/MCLK1 might have additional functions besides that in UQ biosynthesis...
April 12, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28404661/quantitative-assessment-of-fat-levels-in-caenorhabditis-elegans-using-dark-field-microscopy
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Anthony D Fouad, Shelly Teng, Shelley H Pu, Julian R Mark, Moyu Fu, Kevin Zhang, Jonathan Huang, David M Raizen, Christopher Fang-Yen
The roundworm Caenorhabditis elegans is widely used as a model for studying conserved pathways for fat storage, aging, and metabolism. The most broadly used methods for imaging fat in C. elegans require fixing and staining the animal. Here, we show that dark field images acquired through an ordinary light microscope can be used to estimate fat levels in worms. We define a metric based on the amount of light scattered per area, and show that this light scattering metric is strongly correlated with worm fat levels as measured by Oil Red O staining across a wide variety of genetic backgrounds and feeding conditions...
April 12, 2017: G3: Genes—Genomes—Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28401650/caenorhabditis-elegans-orthologs-of-human-genes-differentially-expressed-with-age-are-enriched-for-determinants-of-longevity
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George L Sutphin, Grant Backer, Susan Sheehan, Shannon Bean, Caroline Corban, Teresa Liu, Marjolein J Peters, Joyce B J van Meurs, Joanne M Murabito, Andrew D Johnson, Ron Korstanje
We report a systematic RNAi longevity screen of 82 Caenorhabditis elegans genes selected based on orthology to human genes differentially expressed with age. We find substantial enrichment in genes for which knockdown increased lifespan. This enrichment is markedly higher than published genomewide longevity screens in C. elegans and similar to screens that preselected candidates based on longevity-correlated metrics (e.g., stress resistance). Of the 50 genes that affected lifespan, 46 were previously unreported...
April 12, 2017: Aging Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28400847/gengnianchun-a-traditional-chinese-medicine-enhances-oxidative-stress-resistance-and-lifespan-in-caenorhabditis-elegans-by-modulating-daf-16-foxo
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Fanhui Meng, Jun Li, Wenjun Wang, Yan Fu
Objective. Gengnianchun (GNC), a traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), is primarily used to improve declining functions related to aging. In this study, we investigated its prolongevity and stress resistance properties and explored the associated regulatory mechanism using a Caenorhabditis elegans model. Methods. Wild-type C. elegans N2 was used for lifespan analysis and oxidative stress resistance assays. Transgenic animals were used to investigate pathways associated with antioxidative stress activity. The effects of GNC on levels of reactive oxygen species (ROS) and expression of specific genes were examined...
2017: Evidence-based Complementary and Alternative Medicine: ECAM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28397803/tomatidine-enhances-lifespan-and-healthspan-in-c-elegans-through-mitophagy-induction-via-the-skn-1-nrf2-pathway
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Evandro F Fang, Tyler B Waltz, Henok Kassahun, Qiping Lu, Jesse S Kerr, Marya Morevati, Elayne M Fivenson, Bradley N Wollman, Krisztina Marosi, Mark A Wilson, Wendy B Iser, D Mark Eckley, Yongqing Zhang, Elin Lehrmann, Ilya G Goldberg, Morten Scheibye-Knudsen, Mark P Mattson, Hilde Nilsen, Vilhelm A Bohr, Kevin G Becker
Aging is a major international concern that brings formidable socioeconomic and healthcare challenges. Small molecules capable of improving the health of older individuals are being explored. Small molecules that enhance cellular stress resistance are a promising avenue to alleviate declines seen in human aging. Tomatidine, a natural compound abundant in unripe tomatoes, inhibits age-related skeletal muscle atrophy in mice. Here we show that tomatidine extends lifespan and healthspan in C. elegans, an animal model of aging which shares many major longevity pathways with mammals...
April 11, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28395669/single-swim-sessions-in-c-elegans-induce-key-features-of-mammalian-exercise
#8
Ricardo Laranjeiro, Girish Harinath, Daniel Burke, Bart P Braeckman, Monica Driscoll
BACKGROUND: Exercise exerts remarkably powerful effects on metabolism and health, with anti-disease and anti-aging outcomes. Pharmacological manipulation of exercise benefit circuits might improve the health of the sedentary and the aging populations. Still, how exercised muscle signals to induce system-wide health improvement remains poorly understood. With a long-term interest in interventions that promote animal-wide health improvement, we sought to define exercise options for Caenorhabditis elegans...
April 10, 2017: BMC Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28385158/a-multi-animal-tracker-for-studying-complex-behaviors
#9
Eyal Itskovits, Amir Levine, Ehud Cohen, Alon Zaslaver
BACKGROUND: Animals exhibit astonishingly complex behaviors. Studying the subtle features of these behaviors requires quantitative, high-throughput, and accurate systems that can cope with the often rich perplexing data. RESULTS: Here, we present a Multi-Animal Tracker (MAT) that provides a user-friendly, end-to-end solution for imaging, tracking, and analyzing complex behaviors of multiple animals simultaneously. At the core of the tracker is a machine learning algorithm that provides immense flexibility to image various animals (e...
April 6, 2017: BMC Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28379636/conserved-insulin-signaling-in-the-regulation-of-oocyte-growth-development-and-maturation
#10
REVIEW
Debabrata Das, Swathi Arur
Insulin signaling regulates various aspects of physiology, such as glucose homeostasis and aging, and is a key determinant of female reproduction in metazoans. That insulin signaling is crucial for female reproductive health is clear from clinical data linking hyperinsulinemic and hypoinsulinemic condition with certain types of ovarian dysfunction, such as altered steroidogenesis, polycystic ovary syndrome, and infertility. Thus, understanding the signaling mechanisms that underlie the control of insulin-mediated ovarian development is important for the accurate diagnosis of and intervention for female infertility...
April 5, 2017: Molecular Reproduction and Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28371201/ketone-bodies-mimic-the-life-span-extending-properties-of-caloric-restriction
#11
REVIEW
Richard L Veech, Patrick C Bradshaw, Kieran Clarke, William Curtis, Robert Pawlosky, M Todd King
The extension of life span by caloric restriction has been studied across species from yeast and Caenorhabditis elegans to primates. No generally accepted theory has been proposed to explain these observations. Here, we propose that the life span extension produced by caloric restriction can be duplicated by the metabolic changes induced by ketosis. From nematodes to mice, extension of life span results from decreased signaling through the insulin/insulin-like growth factor receptor signaling (IIS) pathway...
April 3, 2017: IUBMB Life
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28366735/regulator-of-g-protein-signaling-1-modulates-paraquat-induced-oxidative-stress-and-longevity-via-the-insulin-like-signaling-pathway-in-caenorhabditis-elegans
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Mingyu Wu, Xin Kang, Qiang Wang, Chunyu Zhou, Chandra Mohan, Ai Peng
Insulin or insulin like signaling (IIS) pathway is a crucial pathway in Caenorhabditis elegans associated with mediating longevity, and stress resistance. Regulators of G protein signaling (RGS) also modulate stress resistance and longevity in multiple in vitro and in vivo models. However, the mechanism underlying RGS mediating stress resistance and longevity remains largely unclear. Here we report that rgs-1, an important member of rgs family, is a novel modulator of IIS pathway in C. elegans. We found that the loss of rgs-1 dramatically promoted paraquat resistance in C...
March 31, 2017: Toxicology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28365140/deregulation-of-crtcs-in-aging-and-age-related-disease-risk
#13
REVIEW
Caroline C Escoubas, Carlos G Silva-García, William B Mair
Advances in public health in the past century have seen a sharp increase in human life expectancy. With these changes have come an increased prevalence of age-related pathologies and health burdens in the elderly. Patient age is the biggest risk factor for multiple chronic conditions that often occur simultaneously within a single individual. An alternative to disease-centric therapeutic approaches is that of 'geroscience', which aims to define molecular mechanisms that link age to overall disease risk. One such mechanism is deregulation of CREB-regulated transcriptional coactivators (CRTCs)...
March 29, 2017: Trends in Genetics: TIG
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333578/hormetic-heat-shock-and-hsf-1-overexpression-improve-c-elegans-survival-and-proteostasis-by-inducing-autophagy
#14
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/28325813/aging-effects-of-caenorhabditis-elegans-ryanodine-receptor-variants-corresponding-to-human-myopathic-mutations
#15
Katie Nicoll Baines, Célia Ferreira, Philip M Hopkins, Marie-Anne Shaw, Ian A Hope
Delaying the decline in skeletal muscle function will be critical to better maintenance of an active life-style in old age. The skeletal muscle ryanodine receptor, the major intracellular membrane channel through which calcium ions pass to elicit muscle contraction, is central to calcium ion balance, and is hypothesized to be a significant factor for age-related decline in muscle function. The nematode Caenorhabditis elegans is a key model system for the study of human aging and strains with modified C. elegans ryanodine receptors corresponding to human myopathic variants linked with malignant hyperthermia and related conditions were generated...
March 21, 2017: G3: Genes—Genomes—Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28306505/identification-of-an-rna-polymerase-iii-regulator-linked-to-disease-associated-protein-aggregation
#16
Olga Sin, Tristan de Jong, Alejandro Mata-Cabana, Michelle Kudron, Mohamad Amr Zaini, Francesco A Aprile, Renée I Seinstra, Esther Stroo, Roméo Willinge Prins, Céline N Martineau, Hai Hui Wang, Wytse Hogewerf, Anne Steinhof, Erich E Wanker, Michele Vendruscolo, Cornelis F Calkhoven, Valerie Reinke, Victor Guryev, Ellen A A Nollen
Protein aggregation is associated with age-related neurodegenerative disorders, such as Alzheimer's and polyglutamine diseases. As a causal relationship between protein aggregation and neurodegeneration remains elusive, understanding the cellular mechanisms regulating protein aggregation will help develop future treatments. To identify such mechanisms, we conducted a forward genetic screen in a C. elegans model of polyglutamine aggregation and identified the protein MOAG-2/LIR-3 as a driver of protein aggregation...
March 16, 2017: Molecular Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28299394/caenorhabditis-elegans-as-a-powerful-alternative-model-organism-to-promote-research-in-genetic-toxicology-and-biomedicine
#17
REVIEW
Sebastian Honnen
In view of increased life expectancy the risk for disturbed integrity of genetic information increases. This inevitably holds the implication for higher incidence of age-related diseases leading to considerable cost increase in health care systems. To develop preventive strategies it is crucial to evaluate external and internal noxae as possible threats to our DNA. Especially the interplay of DNA damage response (DDR) and DNA repair (DR) mechanisms needs further deciphering. Moreover, there is a distinct need for alternative in vivo test systems for basic research and also risk assessment in toxicology...
March 15, 2017: Archives of Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28288699/longevity-regulation-by-nmd-mediated-mrna-quality-control
#18
Heehwa G Son, Seung-Jae V Lee
Proper maintenance of biological components is crucial for longevity and healthy aging. Although the role of homeostatic maintenance systems for DNA and protein in longevity is established, it remained largely unknown for RNA. In our recent work, we show that nonsense-mediated mRNA decay (NMD) promotes longevity in the roundworm C. elegans by enhancing RNA quality control. We find that the activity of NMD decreases during aging, raising the possibility that RNA quality declines in old animals. We then show that key components of NMD complex are required for long lifespan in C...
March 14, 2017: BMB Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28282438/a-new-caenorhabditis-elegans-model-of-human-huntingtin-513-aggregation-and-toxicity-in-body-wall-muscles
#19
Amy L Lee, Hailey M Ung, L Paul Sands, Elise A Kikis
Expanded polyglutamine repeats in different proteins are the known determinants of at least nine progressive neurodegenerative disorders whose symptoms include cognitive and motor impairment that worsen as patients age. One such disorder is Huntington's Disease (HD) that is caused by a polyglutamine expansion in the human huntingtin protein (htt). The polyglutamine expansion destabilizes htt leading to protein misfolding, which in turn triggers neurodegeneration and the disruption of energy metabolism in muscle cells...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28276441/rna-surveillance-via-nonsense-mediated-mrna-decay-is-crucial-for-longevity-in-daf-2-insulin-igf-1-mutant-c-elegans
#20
Heehwa G Son, Mihwa Seo, Seokjin Ham, Wooseon Hwang, Dongyeop Lee, Seon Woo A An, Murat Artan, Keunhee Seo, Rachel Kaletsky, Rachel N Arey, Youngjae Ryu, Chang Man Ha, Yoon Ki Kim, Coleen T Murphy, Tae-Young Roh, Hong Gil Nam, Seung-Jae V Lee
Long-lived organisms often feature more stringent protein and DNA quality control. However, whether RNA quality control mechanisms, such as nonsense-mediated mRNA decay (NMD), which degrades both abnormal as well as some normal transcripts, have a role in organismal aging remains unexplored. Here we show that NMD mediates longevity in C. elegans strains with mutations in daf-2/insulin/insulin-like growth factor 1 receptor. We find that daf-2 mutants display enhanced NMD activity and reduced levels of potentially aberrant transcripts...
March 9, 2017: Nature Communications
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