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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29314553/identification-of-mir-305-a-microrna-that-promotes-aging-and-its-target-mrnas-in-drosophila
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Makiko Ueda, Tetsuya Sato, Yasuyuki Ohkawa, Yoshihiro H Inoue
MicroRNAs (miRNAs) are involved in the regulation of important biological processes. Here, we describe a novel Drosophila miRNAs involved in aging. We selected eight Drosophila miRNAs, displaying high homology with seed sequences of aging-related miRNAs characterized in other species, and investigated whether the over-expression of these miRNAs affected aging in Drosophila adult flies. The lifespan of adults over-expressing miR-305, a miRNA showing high homology with miR-239 in C. elegans, was significantly shorter...
January 5, 2018: Genes to Cells: Devoted to Molecular & Cellular Mechanisms
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29302199/cell-to-cell-transmission-of-polyglutamine-aggregates-in-c-elegans
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Dong-Kyu Kim, Kyu-Won Cho, Woo Jung Ahn, Dayana Perez-Acuña, Hyunsu Jeong, He-Jin Lee, Seung-Jae Lee
Huntington disease (HD) is an inherited neurodegenerative disorder characterized by motor and cognitive dysfunction caused by expansion of polyglutamine (polyQ) repeat in exon 1 of huntingtin (HTT). In patients, the number of glutamine residues in polyQ tracts are over 35, and it is correlated with age of onset, severity, and disease progression. Expansion of polyQ increases the propensity for HTT protein aggregation, process known to be implicated in neurodegeneration. These pathological aggregates can be transmitted from neuron to another neuron, and this process may explain the pathological spreading of polyQ aggregates...
December 2017: Experimental Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29301098/an-antimicrobial-peptide-and-its-neuronal-receptor-regulate-dendrite-degeneration-in-aging-and-infection
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Lezi E, Ting Zhou, Sehwon Koh, Marian Chuang, Ruchira Sharma, Nathalie Pujol, Andrew D Chisholm, Cagla Eroglu, Hiroaki Matsunami, Dong Yan
Infections have been identified as possible risk factors for aging-related neurodegenerative diseases, but it remains unclear whether infection-related immune molecules have a causative role in neurodegeneration during aging. Here, we reveal an unexpected role of an epidermally expressed antimicrobial peptide, NLP-29 (neuropeptide-like protein 29), in triggering aging-associated dendrite degeneration in C. elegans. The age-dependent increase of nlp-29 expression is regulated by the epidermal tir-1/SARM-pmk-1/p38 MAPK innate immunity pathway...
January 3, 2018: Neuron
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29298683/global-accumulation-of-circrnas-during-aging-in-caenorhabditis-elegans
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Mariela Cortés-López, Matthew R Gruner, Daphne A Cooper, Hannah N Gruner, Alexandru-Ioan Voda, Alexander M van der Linden, Pedro Miura
BACKGROUND: Circular RNAs (CircRNAs) are a newly appreciated class of RNAs that lack free 5' and 3' ends, are expressed by the thousands in diverse forms of life, and are mostly of enigmatic function. Ostensibly due to their resistance to exonucleases, circRNAs are known to be exceptionally stable. Previous work in Drosophila and mice have shown that circRNAs increase during aging in neural tissues. RESULTS: Here, we examined the global profile of circRNAs in C...
January 3, 2018: BMC Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29295479/age-dependence-and-aging-dependence-neuronal-loss-and-lifespan-in-a-c-elegans-model-of-parkinson-s-disease
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Javier Apfeld, Walter Fontana
It is often assumed, but not established, that the major neurodegenerative diseases, such as Parkinson's disease, are not just age-dependent (their incidence changes with time) but actually aging-dependent (their incidence is coupled to the process that determines lifespan). To determine a dependence on the aging process requires the joint probability distribution of disease onset and lifespan. For human Parkinson's disease, such a joint distribution is not available, because the disease cuts lifespan short...
December 23, 2017: Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29286457/methods-to-study-changes-in-inherent-protein-aggregation-with-age-in-caenorhabditis-elegans
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Nicole Groh, Ivan Gallotta, Marie C Lechler, Chaolie Huang, Raimund Jung, Della C David
In the last decades, the prevalence of neurodegenerative disorders, such as Alzheimer's disease (AD) and Parkinson's disease (PD), has grown. These age-associated disorders are characterized by the appearance of protein aggregates with fibrillary structure in the brains of these patients. Exactly why normally soluble proteins undergo an aggregation process remains poorly understood. The discovery that protein aggregation is not limited to disease processes and instead part of the normal aging process enables the study of the molecular and cellular mechanisms that regulate protein aggregation, without using ectopically expressed human disease-associated proteins...
November 26, 2017: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29286376/in-vitro-and-in-vivo-detection-of-mitophagy-in-human-cells-c-elegans-and-mice
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Evandro F Fang, Konstantinos Palikaras, Nuo Sun, Elayne M Fivenson, Ryan D Spangler, Jesse S Kerr, Stephanie A Cordonnier, Yujun Hou, Eszter Dombi, Henok Kassahun, Nektarios Tavernarakis, Joanna Poulton, Hilde Nilsen, Vilhelm A Bohr
Mitochondria are the powerhouses of cells and produce cellular energy in the form of ATP. Mitochondrial dysfunction contributes to biological aging and a wide variety of disorders including metabolic diseases, premature aging syndromes, and neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer's disease (AD) and Parkinson's disease (PD). Maintenance of mitochondrial health depends on mitochondrial biogenesis and the efficient clearance of dysfunctional mitochondria through mitophagy. Experimental methods to accurately detect autophagy/mitophagy, especially in animal models, have been challenging to develop...
November 22, 2017: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29282044/ethanolic-extract-of-streblus-asper-leaves-protects-against-glutamate-induced-toxicity-in-ht22-hippocampal-neuronal-cells-and-extends-lifespan-of-caenorhabditis-elegans
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Anchalee Prasansuklab, Krai Meemon, Prasert Sobhon, Tewin Tencomnao
BACKGROUND: Although such local herb as Streblus asper (family Moraceae) has long been recognized for traditional folk medicines and important ingredient of traditional longevity formula, its anti-neurodegeneration or anti-aging activity is little known. This study aimed to investigate the neuroprotective effect of S. asper leaf extracts (SA-EE) against toxicity of glutamate-mediated oxidative stress, a crucial factor contributing to the neuronal loss in age-associated neurodegenerative diseases and the underlying mechanism as well as to evaluate its longevity effect...
December 28, 2017: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29273768/small-molecule-tfeb-pathway-agonists-that-ameliorate-metabolic-syndrome-in-mice-and-extend-c-elegans-lifespan
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Chensu Wang, Hanspeter Niederstrasser, Peter M Douglas, Rueyling Lin, Juan Jaramillo, Yang Li, Nathaniel W Olswald, Anwu Zhou, Elizabeth A McMillan, Saurabh Mendiratta, Zhaohui Wang, Tian Zhao, Zhiqaing Lin, Min Luo, Gang Huang, Rolf A Brekken, Bruce A Posner, John B MacMillan, Jinming Gao, Michael A White
Drugs that mirror the cellular effects of starvation mimics are considered promising therapeutics for common metabolic disorders, such as obesity, liver steatosis, and for ageing. Starvation, or caloric restriction, is known to activate the transcription factor EB (TFEB), a master regulator of lipid metabolism and lysosomal biogenesis and function. Here, we report a nanotechnology-enabled high-throughput screen to identify small-molecule agonists of TFEB and discover three novel compounds that promote autophagolysosomal activity...
December 22, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29261338/caenorhabditis-elegans-a-convenient-in-vivo-model-for-assessing-the-impact-of-food-bioactive-components-on-obesity-aging-and-alzheimer-s-disease
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Peiyi Shen, Yiren Yue, Jolene Zheng, Yeonhwa Park
Caenorhabditis elegans is a small free-living nematode that lives in temperate soil environments. It has been widely employed as an animal model in research involving obesity, aging, and neurodegenerative diseases, including Alzheimer's disease, because of its various advantages, such as small size, large number of progeny production, completely sequenced genome, and short life span, over traditional animal models of vertebrates. These benefits contribute to an ideal research model organism. In this review, we provide an introduction to C...
December 20, 2017: Annual Review of Food Science and Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29260173/fucoidan-inhibits-amyloid-%C3%AE-induced-toxicity-in-transgenic-caenorhabditis-elegans-by-reducing-the-accumulation-of-amyloid-%C3%AE-and-decreasing-the-production-of-reactive-oxygen-species
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Xuelian Wang, Kaixuan Yi, Yan Zhao
Alzheimer's disease (AD) is the most common age-related neurodegenerative disorder. As the aging population is increasing, AD is becoming one of the leading causes of disability and death among the elderly. However, currently there is no cure for this disease. Fucoidan is a complex sulfated polysaccharide mainly found in brown seaweed. Recent studies have shown that fucoidan is neuroprotective and may have potential to be used for treating and/or preventing neurodegenerative diseases such as AD. In this study, we investigated the effects and possible mechanisms of fucoidan on Abeta induced toxicity in a transgenic Caenorhabditis elegans (C...
December 20, 2017: Food & Function
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29234427/a-chinese-herbal-formula-gengnianchun-ameliorates-%C3%AE-amyloid-peptide-toxicity-in-a-caenorhabditis-elegans-model-of-alzheimer-s-disease
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Fanhui Meng, Jun Li, Yanqiu Rao, Wenjun Wang, Yan Fu
Alzheimer's disease (AD) is an age-related neurodegenerative disorder, and the few drugs that are currently available only treat the symptoms. Traditional medicine or phytotherapy has been shown to protect against AD. In our previous studies, Gengnianchun (GNC), a traditional Chinese medicine formula with a prolongevity effect, protected against Aβ-induced cytotoxicity in pheochromocytoma cells (PC-12 cells) and hippocampal cells. Here, we investigated the effects and possible mechanisms by which GNC protected against Aβ toxicity using transgenic Caenorhabditis elegans CL4176...
2017: Evidence-based Complementary and Alternative Medicine: ECAM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29222621/lifespan-extension-of-caenorhabditis-elegans-by-butyricicoccus-pullicaecorum-and-megasphaera-elsdenii-with-probiotic-potential
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Gayeung Kwon, Jiyun Lee, Jong-Ho Koh, Young-Hee Lim
Butyricicoccus pullicaecorum and Megasphaera elsdenii inhabit the human intestine and have probiotic potential. The aim of this study was to evaluate the effects of B. pullicaecorum and M. elsdenii on the lifespan of Caenorhabditis elegans. They significantly (P < 0.05) extended the lifespan of C. elegans compared with Escherichia coli OP50, a standard food for the worm. Analysis of age-related biomarkers such as lipofuscin, body size, and locomotory activity showed that they retarded aging. They all failed to extend the lifespan of daf-12 or dbl-1 loss-of-function C...
December 8, 2017: Current Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29216338/transcriptome-states-reflect-imaging-of-aging-states
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D Mark Eckley, Christopher E Coletta, Nikita V Orlov, Mark A Wilson, Wendy Iser, Paul Bastian, Elin Lehrmann, Yonqing Zhang, Kevin G Becker, Ilya G Goldberg
In this study, we describe a morphological biomarker that detects multiple discrete sub-populations (or "age states") at several chronological ages in a population of nematodes (C. elegans). We determined the frequencies of three healthy adult states and the timing of the transitions between them across the lifespan. We used short-lived and long-lived strains to confirm the general applicability of the state classifier and to monitor state progression. This exploration revealed healthy and unhealthy states, the former being favored in long-lived strains and the latter showing delayed onset...
December 5, 2017: Journals of Gerontology. Series A, Biological Sciences and Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29211978/revamping-mitochondrial-shape-to-live-longer
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Lena Pernas, Luca Scorrano
Whether and how mitochondria connect reduced energy intake to healthy aging are unclear. In this issue of Cell Metabolism, Weir et al. (2017) find that constitutive AMPK activation and dietary restriction promote longevity in C. elegans via remodeling of the mitochondrial network and fatty acid oxidation in peripheral tissues.
December 5, 2017: Cell Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29185166/echinacoside-a-phenylethanoid-glycoside-from-cistanche-deserticola-extends-lifespan-of-caenorhabditis-elegans-and-protects-from-a%C3%AE-induced-toxicity
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Wei Chen, Hong-Ru Lin, Cong-Min Wei, Xiao-Hua Luo, Meng-Lu Sun, Zhen-Zhou Yang, Xin-Yan Chen, Hong-Bing Wang
Cistanche deserticola has been found to exert protection against aging and age-related diseases, but mechanisms underlying its longevity effects remain largely unclear. Here, the multicellular model organism Caenorhabditis elegans was employed to identify lifespan extending and protective effects against β-amyloid (Aβ) induced toxicity by echinacoside (ECH), a phenylethanoid glycoside isolated from C. deserticola. Our results showed that ECH extends the mean lifespan of worms and increases their survival under oxidative stress...
November 28, 2017: Biogerontology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29180793/activation-of-the-mitochondrial-unfolded-protein-response-promotes-longevity-and-dopamine-neuron-survival-in-parkinson-s-disease-models
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Jason F Cooper, Emily Machiela, Dylan J Dues, Katie K Spielbauer, Megan M Senchuk, Jeremy M Van Raamsdonk
While the pathogenesis of Parkinson's disease (PD) is incompletely understood, mitochondrial dysfunction is thought to play a crucial role in disease pathogenesis. Here, we examined the relationship between mitochondrial function and dopamine neuron dysfunction and death using C. elegans mutants for three mitochondria-related genes implicated in monogenic PD (pdr-1/PRKN, pink-1/PINK1 and djr-1.1/DJ-1). We found that pdr-1 and pink-1 mutants exhibit deficits in dopamine-dependent behaviors, but no loss of dopamine neurons, while djr-1...
November 27, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29180639/the-chromatin-remodeling-factor-isw-1-integrates-organismal-responses-against-nuclear-and-mitochondrial-stress
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Olli Matilainen, Maroun S Bou Sleiman, Pedro M Quiros, Susana M D A Garcia, Johan Auwerx
Age-associated changes in chromatin structure have a major impact on organismal longevity. Despite being a central part of the ageing process, the organismal responses to the changes in chromatin organization remain unclear. Here we show that moderate disturbance of histone balance during C. elegans development alters histone levels and triggers a stress response associated with increased expression of cytosolic small heat-shock proteins. This stress response is dependent on the transcription factor, HSF-1, and the chromatin remodeling factor, ISW-1...
November 28, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29168500/a-lysosomal-switch-triggers-proteostasis-renewal-in-the-immortal-c-elegans-germ-lineage
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K Adam Bohnert, Cynthia Kenyon
Although individuals age and die with time, an animal species can continue indefinitely, because of its immortal germ-cell lineage. How the germline avoids transmitting damage from one generation to the next remains a fundamental question in biology. Here we identify a lysosomal switch that enhances germline proteostasis before fertilization. We find that Caenorhabditis elegans oocytes whose maturation is arrested by the absence of sperm exhibit hallmarks of proteostasis collapse, including protein aggregation...
November 30, 2017: Nature
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29168308/demonstrating-improved-multiple-transport-mean-free-path-imaging-capabilities-of-light-sheet-microscopy-in-the-quantification-of-fluorescence-dynamics
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Matthias Rieckher, Stylianos Psycharakis, Daniele Ancora, Evangelos Liapis, Athanasios Zacharopoulos, Jorge Ripoll, Nektarios Tavernarakis, Giannis Zacharakis
Optical microscopy constitutes one of the most fundamental paradigms for the understanding of complex biological mechanisms in the whole-organism and live-tissue context. Novel imaging techniques such as light sheet fluorescence microscopy (LSFM) and optical projection tomography (OPT) combined with phase-retrieval algorithms (PRT) can produce highly-resolved 3D images in multiple transport-mean-free-path scales. Our study aims to exemplify the microscopic capabilities of LSFM when imaging protein dynamics in Caenorhabditis elegans and the distribution of necrotic cells in cancer cell spheroids...
November 23, 2017: Biotechnology Journal
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