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Nat Commun ; 11(1): 4627, 2020 10 02.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-33009389

RESUMO

Animals have evolved responses to low oxygen conditions to ensure their survival. Here, we have identified the C. elegans zinc finger transcription factor PQM-1 as a regulator of the hypoxic stress response. PQM-1 is required for the longevity of insulin signaling mutants, but surprisingly, loss of PQM-1 increases survival under hypoxic conditions. PQM-1 functions as a metabolic regulator by controlling oxygen consumption rates, suppressing hypoxic glycogen levels, and inhibiting the expression of the sorbitol dehydrogenase-1 SODH-1, a crucial sugar metabolism enzyme. PQM-1 promotes hypoxic fat metabolism by maintaining the expression of the stearoyl-CoA desaturase FAT-7, an oxygen consuming, rate-limiting enzyme in fatty acid biosynthesis. PQM-1 activity positively regulates fat transport to developing oocytes through vitellogenins under hypoxic conditions, thereby increasing survival rates of arrested progeny during hypoxia. Thus, while pqm-1 mutants increase survival of mothers, ultimately this loss is detrimental to progeny survival. Our data support a model in which PQM-1 controls a trade-off between lipid metabolic activity in the mother and her progeny to promote the survival of the species under hypoxic conditions.


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Proteínas de Caenorhabditis elegans/metabolismo , Caenorhabditis elegans/metabolismo , Hipóxia/metabolismo , Metabolismo dos Lipídeos , Transativadores/metabolismo , Animais , Caenorhabditis elegans/embriologia , Caenorhabditis elegans/genética , Proteínas de Caenorhabditis elegans/genética , Embrião de Mamíferos/metabolismo , Regulação da Expressão Gênica , Glicogênio/metabolismo , Insulina/metabolismo , Larva/metabolismo , Mutação/genética , Consumo de Oxigênio , Transdução de Sinais , Estresse Fisiológico , Análise de Sobrevida , Transativadores/genética , Transcrição Genética , Vitelogeninas/metabolismo
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PLoS Pathog ; 16(9): e1008826, 2020 09.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32970778

RESUMO

The nematode Caenorhabditis elegans has been extensively used as a model for the study of innate immune responses against bacterial pathogens. While it is well established that the worm mounts distinct transcriptional responses to different bacterial species, it is still unclear in how far it can fine-tune its response to different strains of a single pathogen species, especially if the strains vary in virulence and infection dynamics. To rectify this knowledge gap, we systematically analyzed the C. elegans response to two strains of Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt), MYBt18247 (Bt247) and MYBt18679 (Bt679), which produce different pore forming toxins (PFTs) and vary in infection dynamics. We combined host transcriptomics with cytopathological characterizations and identified both a common and also a differentiated response to the two strains, the latter comprising almost 10% of the infection responsive genes. Functional genetic analyses revealed that the AP-1 component gene jun-1 mediates the common response to both Bt strains. In contrast, the strain-specific response is mediated by the C. elegans GATA transcription factor ELT-2, a homolog of Drosophila SERPENT and vertebrate GATA4-6, and a known master regulator of intestinal responses in the nematode. elt-2 RNAi knockdown decreased resistance to Bt679, but remarkably, increased survival on Bt247. The elt-2 silencing-mediated increase in survival was characterized by reduced intestinal tissue damage despite a high pathogen burden and might thus involve increased tolerance. Additional functional genetic analyses confirmed the involvement of distinct signaling pathways in the C. elegans defense response: the p38-MAPK pathway acts either directly with or in parallel to elt-2 in mediating resistance to Bt679 infection but is not required for protection against Bt247. Our results further suggest that the elt-2 silencing-mediated increase in survival on Bt247 is multifactorial, influenced by the nuclear hormone receptors NHR-99 and NHR-193, and may further involve lipid metabolism and detoxification. Our study highlights that the nematode C. elegans with its comparatively simple immune defense system is capable of generating a differentiated response to distinct strains of the same pathogen species. Importantly, our study provides a molecular insight into the diversity of biological processes that are influenced by a single master regulator and jointly determine host survival after pathogen infection.


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Bacillus thuringiensis/metabolismo , Infecções Bacterianas/metabolismo , Proteínas de Caenorhabditis elegans/metabolismo , Caenorhabditis elegans/metabolismo , Fatores de Transcrição GATA/metabolismo , Sistema de Sinalização das MAP Quinases , Transcrição Genética , Animais , Bacillus thuringiensis/patogenicidade , Infecções Bacterianas/genética , Infecções Bacterianas/microbiologia , Caenorhabditis elegans/genética , Caenorhabditis elegans/microbiologia , Proteínas de Caenorhabditis elegans/genética , Fatores de Transcrição GATA/genética
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Chemosphere ; 254: 126909, 2020 Sep.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32957299

RESUMO

Soil contamination by heavy metals (HMs) is an environmental problem, and nanoremediation by using zero-valent iron nanoparticles (nZVI) has attracted increasing interest. We used ecotoxicological test and global transcriptome analysis with DNA microarrays to assess the suitability of C. elegans as a useful bioindicator to evaluate such strategy of nanoremediation in a highly polluted soil with Pb, Cd and Zn. The HMs produced devastating effect on C. elegans. nZVI treatment reversed this deleterious effect up to day 30 after application, but the reduction in the relative toxicity of HMs was lower at day 120. We stablished gene expression profile in C. elegans exposed to the polluted soil, treated and untreated with nZVI. The percentage of differentially expressed genes after treatment decreases with exposure time. After application of nZVI we found decreased toxicity, but increased biosynthesis of defensive enzymes responsive to oxidative stress. At day 14, when a decrease in toxicity has occurred, genes related to specific heavy metal detoxification mechanisms or to response to metal stress, were down regulated: gst-genes, encoding for glutathione-S-transferase, htm-1 (heavy metal tolerance factor), and pgp-5 and pgp-7, related to stress response to metals. At day 120, we found increased HMs toxicity compared to day 14, whereas the transcriptional oxidative and metal-induced responses were attenuated. These findings indicate that the profiled gene expression in C. elegans may be considered as an indicator of stress response that allows a reliable evaluation of the nanoremediation strategy.


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Caenorhabditis elegans/efeitos dos fármacos , Ferro/química , Metais Pesados/toxicidade , Nanopartículas/química , Estresse Oxidativo/efeitos dos fármacos , Poluentes do Solo/toxicidade , Transcrição Genética/efeitos dos fármacos , Animais , Caenorhabditis elegans/genética , Proteínas de Caenorhabditis elegans/genética , Ecotoxicologia , Nanopartículas Metálicas , Metais Pesados/análise , Estresse Oxidativo/genética , Solo/química , Microbiologia do Solo , Poluentes do Solo/análise , Toxicogenética
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Ecotoxicol Environ Saf ; 203: 111001, 2020 Oct 15.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32888585

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Environmental nanomaterials contamination is a great concern for organisms including human. Copper oxide nanoparticles (CuO NPs) are widely used in a huge range of applications which might pose potential risk to organisms. This study investigated the in vivo transgenerational toxicity on development and reproduction with parental CuO NPs exposure in the nematode Caenorhabditis elegans. The results showed that CuO NPs (150 mg/L) significantly reduced the body length of parental C. elegans (P0). Only about 1 mg/L Cu2+ (~0.73%) were detected from 150 mg/L CuO NPs in 0.5X K-medium after 48 h. In transgenerational assays, CuO NPs (150 mg/L) parental exposure significantly induced developmental and reproductive toxicity in non-exposed C. elegans progeny (CuO NPs free) on body length (F1) and brood size (F1 and F2), respectively. In contrast, parental exposure to Cu2+ (1 mg/L) did not cause transgenerational toxicity on growth and reproduction. This suggests that the transgenerational toxicity was mostly attributed to the particulate form of CuO NPs. Moreover, qRT-PCR results showed that the mRNA levels of met-2 and spr-5 genes were significantly decreased at P0 and F1 upon only maternal exposure to CuO NPs (150 mg/L), suggesting the observed transgenerational toxicity was associated with possible epigenetic regulation in C. elegans.


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Caenorhabditis elegans/efeitos dos fármacos , Cobre/toxicidade , Epigênese Genética/efeitos dos fármacos , Nanopartículas/toxicidade , Animais , Caenorhabditis elegans/genética , Caenorhabditis elegans/crescimento & desenvolvimento , Caenorhabditis elegans/fisiologia , Feminino , Humanos , Exposição Materna/efeitos adversos , Reprodução/efeitos dos fármacos , Reprodução/genética
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Nat Commun ; 11(1): 4496, 2020 09 08.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32901024

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Aging is characterized by the loss of homeostasis and the general decline of physiological functions, accompanied by various degenerative diseases and increased rates of mortality. Aging targeting small molecule screens have been performed many times, however, few have focused on endogenous metabolic intermediates-metabolites. Here, using C. elegans lifespan assays, we conducted a worm metabolite screen and identified an eukaryotes conserved metabolite, myo-inositol (MI), to extend lifespan, increase mobility and reduce fat content. Genetic analysis of enzymes in MI metabolic pathway suggest that MI alleviates aging through its derivative PI(4,5)P2. MI and PI(4,5)P2 are precursors of PI(3,4,5)P3, which is negatively related to longevity. The longevity effect of MI is dependent on the tumor suppressor gene, daf-18 (homologous to mouse Pten), independent of its classical pathway downstream genes, akt or daf-16. Furthermore, we found MI effects on aging and lifespan act through mitophagy regulator PTEN induced kinase-1 (pink-1) and mitophagy. MI's anti-aging effect is also conserved in mouse, indicating a conserved mechanism in mammals.


Assuntos
Envelhecimento/metabolismo , Proteínas de Caenorhabditis elegans/metabolismo , Fatores de Transcrição Forkhead/metabolismo , Inositol/metabolismo , Longevidade/fisiologia , PTEN Fosfo-Hidrolase/metabolismo , Envelhecimento/efeitos dos fármacos , Animais , Animais Geneticamente Modificados , Caenorhabditis elegans/genética , Caenorhabditis elegans/metabolismo , Proteínas de Caenorhabditis elegans/genética , Linhagem Celular Tumoral , Feminino , Fatores de Transcrição Forkhead/genética , Inositol/administração & dosagem , Locomoção/fisiologia , Longevidade/efeitos dos fármacos , Redes e Vias Metabólicas/genética , Metabolômica , Camundongos , Mitofagia/fisiologia , Modelos Animais , Fosfatos de Fosfatidilinositol/metabolismo , Proteínas Quinases/metabolismo , Proteínas Serina-Treonina Quinases/genética , Proteínas Serina-Treonina Quinases/metabolismo , Interferência de RNA , RNA-Seq
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Nat Commun ; 11(1): 4869, 2020 09 25.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32978394

RESUMO

Poly(ADP-ribosyl)ation is a reversible post-translational modification synthetized by ADP-ribose transferases and removed by poly(ADP-ribose) glycohydrolase (PARG), which plays important roles in DNA damage repair. While well-studied in somatic tissues, much less is known about poly(ADP-ribosyl)ation in the germline, where DNA double-strand breaks are introduced by a regulated program and repaired by crossover recombination to establish a tether between homologous chromosomes. The interaction between the parental chromosomes is facilitated by meiotic specific adaptation of the chromosome axes and cohesins, and reinforced by the synaptonemal complex. Here, we uncover an unexpected role for PARG in coordinating the induction of meiotic DNA breaks and their homologous recombination-mediated repair in Caenorhabditis elegans. PARG-1/PARG interacts with both axial and central elements of the synaptonemal complex, REC-8/Rec8 and the MRN/X complex. PARG-1 shapes the recombination landscape and reinforces the tightly regulated control of crossover numbers without requiring its catalytic activity. We unravel roles in regulating meiosis, beyond its enzymatic activity in poly(ADP-ribose) catabolism.


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Caenorhabditis elegans/metabolismo , Quebras de DNA de Cadeia Dupla , Reparo do DNA/fisiologia , DNA/metabolismo , Glicosídeo Hidrolases/metabolismo , Animais , Caenorhabditis elegans/genética , Proteínas de Caenorhabditis elegans/genética , Proteínas de Caenorhabditis elegans/metabolismo , Núcleo Celular/metabolismo , Células Germinativas , Glicosídeo Hidrolases/genética , Proteínas Nucleares/genética , Proteínas Nucleares/metabolismo , Poli ADP Ribosilação , Poli Adenosina Difosfato Ribose/metabolismo , Processamento de Proteína Pós-Traducional
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Nat Commun ; 11(1): 4865, 2020 09 25.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32978396

RESUMO

The metabolic state of an organism instructs gene expression modalities, leading to changes in complex life history traits, such as longevity. Dietary restriction (DR), which positively affects health and life span across species, leads to metabolic reprogramming that enhances utilisation of fatty acids for energy generation. One direct consequence of this metabolic shift is the upregulation of cytoprotective (CyTP) genes categorized in the Gene Ontology (GO) term of "Xenobiotic Detoxification Program" (XDP). How an organism senses metabolic changes during nutritional stress to alter gene expression programs is less known. Here, using a genetic model of DR, we show that the levels of polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs), especially linoleic acid (LA) and eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA), are increased following DR and these PUFAs are able to activate the CyTP genes. This activation of CyTP genes is mediated by the conserved p38 mitogen-activated protein kinase (p38-MAPK) pathway. Consequently, genes of the PUFA biosynthesis and p38-MAPK pathway are required for multiple paradigms of DR-mediated longevity, suggesting conservation of mechanism. Thus, our study shows that PUFAs and p38-MAPK pathway function downstream of DR to help communicate the metabolic state of an organism to regulate expression of CyTP genes, ensuring extended life span.


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Ácidos Graxos Insaturados/genética , Ácidos Graxos Insaturados/metabolismo , Regulação da Expressão Gênica , Proteínas Quinases p38 Ativadas por Mitógeno/genética , Proteínas Quinases p38 Ativadas por Mitógeno/metabolismo , Animais , Fenômenos Bioquímicos , Caenorhabditis elegans/genética , Caenorhabditis elegans/metabolismo , Proteínas de Caenorhabditis elegans/genética , Proteínas de Caenorhabditis elegans/metabolismo , Ácido Eicosapentaenoico/análogos & derivados , Regulação da Expressão Gênica/genética , Técnicas de Silenciamento de Genes , Ácido Linoleico/metabolismo , Longevidade , Redes e Vias Metabólicas/genética , Proteínas Serina-Treonina Quinases/genética , Proteínas Serina-Treonina Quinases/metabolismo
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Nat Commun ; 11(1): 4639, 2020 09 15.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32934238

RESUMO

The ability to detect, respond and adapt to mitochondrial stress ensures the development and survival of organisms. Caenorhabditis elegans responds to mitochondrial stress by activating the mitochondrial unfolded protein response (UPRmt) to buffer the mitochondrial folding environment, rewire the metabolic state, and promote innate immunity and lifespan extension. Here we show that HDA-1, the C. elegans ortholog of mammalian histone deacetylase (HDAC) is required for mitochondrial stress-mediated activation of UPRmt. HDA-1 interacts and coordinates with the genome organizer DVE-1 to induce the transcription of a broad spectrum of UPRmt, innate immune response and metabolic reprogramming genes. In rhesus monkey and human tissues, HDAC1/2 transcript levels correlate with the expression of UPRmt genes. Knocking down or pharmacological inhibition of HDAC1/2 disrupts the activation of the UPRmt and the mitochondrial network in mammalian cells. Our results underscore an evolutionarily conserved mechanism of HDAC1/2 in modulating mitochondrial homeostasis and regulating longevity.


Assuntos
Proteínas de Caenorhabditis elegans/metabolismo , Caenorhabditis elegans/enzimologia , Histona Desacetilase 1/metabolismo , Histona Desacetilase 2/metabolismo , Histona Desacetilases/metabolismo , Longevidade , Mitocôndrias/enzimologia , Animais , Caenorhabditis elegans/genética , Caenorhabditis elegans/crescimento & desenvolvimento , Proteínas de Caenorhabditis elegans/genética , Histona Desacetilase 1/genética , Histona Desacetilase 2/genética , Histona Desacetilases/genética , Macaca mulatta , Estresse Fisiológico , Resposta a Proteínas não Dobradas
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PLoS Biol ; 18(8): e3000817, 2020 08.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32813728

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During meiosis, chromosomes adopt a specialized organization involving assembly of a cohesin-based axis along their lengths, with DNA loops emanating from this axis. We applied novel, quantitative, and widely applicable cytogenetic strategies to elucidate the molecular bases of this organization using Caenorhabditis elegans. Analyses of wild-type (WT) chromosomes and de novo circular minichromosomes revealed that meiosis-specific HORMA-domain proteins assemble into cohorts in defined numbers and co-organize the axis together with 2 functionally distinct cohesin complexes (REC-8 and COH-3/4) in defined stoichiometry. We further found that REC-8 cohesins, which load during S phase and mediate sister-chromatid cohesion, usually occur as individual complexes, supporting a model wherein sister cohesion is mediated locally by a single cohesin ring. REC-8 complexes are interspersed in an alternating pattern with cohorts of axis-organizing COH-3/4 complexes (averaging 3 per cohort), which are insufficient to confer cohesion but can bind to individual chromatids, suggesting a mechanism to enable formation of asymmetric sister-chromatid loops. Indeed, immunofluorescence/fluorescence in situ hybridization (immuno-FISH) assays demonstrate frequent asymmetry in genomic content between the loops formed on sister chromatids. We discuss how features of chromosome axis/loop architecture inferred from our data can help to explain enigmatic, yet essential, aspects of the meiotic program.


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Caenorhabditis elegans/genética , Proteínas de Ciclo Celular/genética , Cromátides/ultraestrutura , Proteínas Cromossômicas não Histona/genética , Cromossomos/ultraestrutura , Meiose , Complexo Sinaptonêmico/ultraestrutura , Animais , Caenorhabditis elegans/metabolismo , Proteínas de Caenorhabditis elegans/genética , Proteínas de Caenorhabditis elegans/metabolismo , Proteínas de Ciclo Celular/metabolismo , Cromátides/metabolismo , Proteínas Cromossômicas não Histona/metabolismo , Segregação de Cromossomos , Cromossomos/metabolismo , Análise Citogenética , Hibridização in Situ Fluorescente , Fase S/genética , Complexo Sinaptonêmico/metabolismo
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Nat Commun ; 11(1): 4242, 2020 08 25.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32843637

RESUMO

Membraneless organelles are sites for RNA biology including small non-coding RNA (ncRNA) mediated gene silencing. How small ncRNAs utilise phase separated environments for their function is unclear. We investigated how the PIWI-interacting RNA (piRNA) pathway engages with the membraneless organelle P granule in Caenorhabditis elegans. Proteomic analysis of the PIWI protein PRG-1 reveals an interaction with the constitutive P granule protein DEPS-1. DEPS-1 is not required for piRNA biogenesis but piRNA-dependent silencing: deps-1 mutants fail to produce the secondary endo-siRNAs required for the silencing of piRNA targets. We identify a motif on DEPS-1 which mediates a direct interaction with PRG-1. DEPS-1 and PRG-1 form intertwining clusters to build elongated condensates in vivo which are dependent on the Piwi-interacting motif of DEPS-1. Additionally, we identify EDG-1 as an interactor of DEPS-1 and PRG-1. Our study reveals how specific protein-protein interactions drive the spatial organisation and piRNA-dependent silencing within membraneless organelles.


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Proteínas Argonauta/metabolismo , Proteínas de Caenorhabditis elegans/metabolismo , Caenorhabditis elegans/metabolismo , Inativação Gênica , RNA Interferente Pequeno/metabolismo , Animais , Proteínas Argonauta/genética , Sítios de Ligação , Caenorhabditis elegans/genética , Proteínas de Caenorhabditis elegans/química , Proteínas de Caenorhabditis elegans/genética , Grânulos Citoplasmáticos/metabolismo , Células Germinativas/metabolismo , Mutação , Ligação Proteica , Proteômica , Interferência de RNA , RNA de Cadeia Dupla/metabolismo , RNA Interferente Pequeno/genética
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PLoS Genet ; 16(8): e1008982, 2020 08.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32841230

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High glucose diets are unhealthy, although the mechanisms by which elevated glucose is harmful to whole animal physiology are not well understood. In Caenorhabditis elegans, high glucose shortens lifespan, while chemically inflicted glucose restriction promotes longevity. We investigated the impact of glucose metabolism on aging quality (maintained locomotory capacity and median lifespan) and found that, in addition to shortening lifespan, excess glucose negatively impacts locomotory healthspan. Conversely, disrupting glucose utilization by knockdown of glycolysis-specific genes results in large mid-age physical improvements via a mechanism that requires the FOXO transcription factor DAF-16. Adult locomotory capacity is extended by glycolysis disruption, but maximum lifespan is not, indicating that limiting glycolysis can increase the proportion of life spent in mobility health. We also considered the largely ignored role of glucose biosynthesis (gluconeogenesis) in adult health. Directed perturbations of gluconeogenic genes that specify single direction enzymatic reactions for glucose synthesis decrease locomotory healthspan, suggesting that gluconeogenesis is needed for healthy aging. Consistent with this idea, overexpression of the central gluconeogenic gene pck-2 (encoding PEPCK) increases health measures via a mechanism that requires DAF-16 to promote pck-2 expression in specific intestinal cells. Dietary restriction also features DAF-16-dependent pck-2 expression in the intestine, and the healthspan benefits conferred by dietary restriction require pck-2. Together, our results describe a new paradigm in which nutritional signals engage gluconeogenesis to influence aging quality via DAF-16. These data underscore the idea that promotion of gluconeogenesis might be an unappreciated goal for healthy aging and could constitute a novel target for pharmacological interventions that counter high glucose consequences, including diabetes.


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Proteínas de Caenorhabditis elegans/genética , Caenorhabditis elegans/genética , Fatores de Transcrição Forkhead/genética , Gluconeogênese/genética , Envelhecimento Saudável/genética , Animais , Restrição Calórica , Regulação da Expressão Gênica no Desenvolvimento/genética , Glucose/metabolismo , Humanos , Expectativa de Vida , Longevidade/genética , Fosfoenolpiruvato Carboxiquinase (ATP)/genética , Transdução de Sinais/genética
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Nat Commun ; 11(1): 4345, 2020 08 28.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32859945

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Chromosome movements and programmed DNA double-strand breaks (DSBs) promote homologue pairing and initiate recombination at meiosis onset. Meiotic progression involves checkpoint-controlled termination of these events when all homologue pairs achieve synapsis and form crossover precursors. Exploiting the temporo-spatial organisation of the C. elegans germline and time-resolved methods of protein removal, we show that surveillance of the synaptonemal complex (SC) controls meiotic progression. In nuclei with fully synapsed homologues and crossover precursors, removing different meiosis-specific cohesin complexes, which are individually required for SC stability, or a SC central region component causes functional redeployment of the chromosome movement and DSB machinery, triggering whole-nucleus reorganisation. This apparent reversal of the meiotic programme requires CHK-2 kinase reactivation via signalling from chromosome axes containing HORMA proteins, but occurs in the absence of transcriptional changes. Our results uncover an unexpected plasticity of the meiotic programme and show how chromosome signalling orchestrates nuclear organisation and meiotic progression.


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Caenorhabditis elegans/genética , Proteínas de Ciclo Celular/metabolismo , Proteínas Cromossômicas não Histona/metabolismo , Estruturas Cromossômicas/metabolismo , Meiose/fisiologia , Animais , Proteínas de Caenorhabditis elegans/metabolismo , Pontos de Checagem do Ciclo Celular , Quinase do Ponto de Checagem 2/metabolismo , Pareamento Cromossômico , Quebras de DNA de Cadeia Dupla , Complexo Sinaptonêmico/metabolismo
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PLoS Genet ; 16(8): e1008984, 2020 08.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32857789

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Mutations in human metabolic genes can lead to rare diseases known as inborn errors of human metabolism. For instance, patients with loss-of-function mutations in either subunit of propionyl-CoA carboxylase suffer from propionic acidemia because they cannot catabolize propionate, leading to its harmful accumulation. Both the penetrance and expressivity of metabolic disorders can be modulated by genetic background. However, modifiers of these diseases are difficult to identify because of the lack of statistical power for rare diseases in human genetics. Here, we use a model of propionic acidemia in the nematode Caenorhabditis elegans to identify genetic modifiers of propionate sensitivity. Using genome-wide association (GWA) mapping across wild strains, we identify several genomic regions correlated with reduced propionate sensitivity. We find that natural variation in the putative glucuronosyltransferase GLCT-3, a homolog of human B3GAT, partly explains differences in propionate sensitivity in one of these genomic intervals. We demonstrate that loss-of-function alleles in glct-3 render the animals less sensitive to propionate. Additionally, we find that C. elegans has an expansion of the glct gene family, suggesting that the number of members of this family could influence sensitivity to excess propionate. Our findings demonstrate that natural variation in genes that are not directly associated with propionate breakdown can modulate propionate sensitivity. Our study provides a framework for using C. elegans to characterize the contributions of genetic background in models of human inborn errors in metabolism.


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Predisposição Genética para Doença , Glucuronosiltransferase/genética , Propionatos/farmacologia , Acidemia Propiônica/genética , Alelos , Animais , Caenorhabditis elegans/genética , Caenorhabditis elegans/metabolismo , Modelos Animais de Doenças , Estudo de Associação Genômica Ampla , Glucuronosiltransferase/deficiência , Humanos , Mutação com Perda de Função/genética , Metabolismo/genética , Propionatos/metabolismo
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Int J Nanomedicine ; 15: 5227-5237, 2020.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32801688

RESUMO

Background: Large-scale production and application of amorphous silica nanoparticles (SiNPs) have enhanced the risk of human exposure to SiNPs. However, the toxic effects and the underlying biological mechanisms of SiNPs on Caenorhabditis elegans remain largely unclear. Purpose: This study was to investigate the genome-wide transcriptional alteration of SiNPs on C. elegans. Methods and Results: In this study, a total number of 3105 differentially expressed genes were identified in C. elegans. Among them, 1398 genes were significantly upregulated and 1707 genes were notably downregulated in C. elegans. Gene ontology analysis revealed that the significant change of gene functional categories triggered by SiNPs was focused on locomotion, determination of adult lifespan, reproduction, body morphogenesis, multicellular organism development, endoplasmic reticulum unfolded protein response, oocyte development, and nematode larval development. Meanwhile, we explored the regulated effects between microRNA and genes or signaling pathways. Pathway enrichment analysis and miRNA-gene-pathway-network displayed that 23 differential expression microRNA including cel-miR-85-3p, cel-miR-793, cel-miR-241-5p, and cel-miR-5549-5p could regulate the longevity-related pathways and inflammation signaling pathways, etc. Additionally, our data confirmed that SiNPs could disrupt the locomotion behavior and reduce the longevity by activating ins-7, daf-16, ftt-2, fat-5, and rho-1 genes in C. elegans. Conclusion: Our study showed that SiNPs induced the change of the whole transcriptome in C. elegans, and triggered negative effects on longevity, development, reproduction, and body morphogenesis. These data provide abundant clues to understand the molecular mechanisms of SiNPs in C. elegans.


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Caenorhabditis elegans/efeitos dos fármacos , Caenorhabditis elegans/genética , Regulação da Expressão Gênica/efeitos dos fármacos , Nanopartículas/toxicidade , Animais , Proteínas de Caenorhabditis elegans/genética , Redes Reguladoras de Genes/efeitos dos fármacos , Genoma Helmíntico , Humanos , Longevidade/efeitos dos fármacos , MicroRNAs/genética , Testes de Mutagenicidade/métodos , Nanopartículas/química , Reprodução/efeitos dos fármacos , Transdução de Sinais/efeitos dos fármacos , Dióxido de Silício/química , Dióxido de Silício/toxicidade , Transcriptoma , Resposta a Proteínas não Dobradas/genética
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PLoS Genet ; 16(8): e1008975, 2020 08.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32750056

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The C. elegans proteins PAQR-2 (a homolog of the human seven-transmembrane domain AdipoR1 and AdipoR2 proteins) and IGLR-2 (a homolog of the mammalian LRIG proteins characterized by a single transmembrane domain and the presence of immunoglobulin domains and leucine-rich repeats in their extracellular portion) form a complex that protects against plasma membrane rigidification by promoting the expression of fatty acid desaturases and the incorporation of polyunsaturated fatty acids into phospholipids, hence increasing membrane fluidity. In the present study, we leveraged a novel gain-of-function allele of PAQR-1, a PAQR-2 paralog, to carry out structure-function studies. We found that the transmembrane domains of PAQR-2 are responsible for its functional requirement for IGLR-2, that PAQR-1 does not require IGLR-2 but acts via the same pathway as PAQR-2, and that the divergent N-terminal cytoplasmic domains of the PAQR-1 and PAQR-2 proteins serve a regulatory function and may regulate access to the catalytic site of these proteins. We also show that overexpression of human AdipoR1 or AdipoR2 alone is sufficient to confer increased palmitic acid resistance in HEK293 cells, and thus act in a manner analogous to the PAQR-1 gain-of-function allele.


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Proteínas de Caenorhabditis elegans/genética , Caenorhabditis elegans/genética , Proteínas de Membrana/genética , Receptores de Adiponectina/genética , Alelos , Animais , Caenorhabditis elegans/metabolismo , Membrana Celular/genética , Membrana Celular/metabolismo , Mutação com Ganho de Função/genética , Células HEK293 , Humanos , Fluidez de Membrana/genética , Fenótipo , Fosfolipídeos/genética , Fosfolipídeos/metabolismo
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PLoS Genet ; 16(7): e1008918, 2020 07.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32730246

RESUMO

Holocentric chromosomes possess multiple kinetochores along their length rather than the single centromere typical of other chromosomes [1]. They have been described for the first time in cytogenetic experiments dating from 1935 and, since this first observation, the term holocentric chromosome has referred to chromosomes that: i. lack the primary constriction corresponding to centromere observed in monocentric chromosomes [2]; ii. possess multiple kinetochores dispersed along the chromosomal axis so that microtubules bind to chromosomes along their entire length and move broadside to the pole from the metaphase plate [3]. These chromosomes are also termed holokinetic, because, during cell division, chromatids move apart in parallel and do not form the classical V-shaped figures typical of monocentric chromosomes [4-6]. Holocentric chromosomes evolved several times during both animal and plant evolution and are currently reported in about eight hundred diverse species, including plants, insects, arachnids and nematodes [7,8]. As a consequence of their diffuse kinetochores, holocentric chromosomes may stabilize chromosomal fragments favouring karyotype rearrangements [9,10]. However, holocentric chromosome may also present limitations to crossing over causing a restriction of the number of chiasma in bivalents [11] and may cause a restructuring of meiotic divisions resulting in an inverted meiosis [12].


Assuntos
Caenorhabditis elegans/genética , Cromossomos/genética , Cinetocoros/ultraestrutura , Meiose/genética , Animais , Caenorhabditis elegans/citologia , Centrômero/genética , Centrômero/ultraestrutura , Cromátides/genética , Cromátides/ultraestrutura , Segregação de Cromossomos/genética , Cromossomos/ultraestrutura , Cariótipo , Plantas/genética
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PLoS Genet ; 16(7): e1008904, 2020 07.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32730253

RESUMO

The conserved ATPase, PCH-2/TRIP13, is required during both the spindle checkpoint and meiotic prophase. However, its specific role in regulating meiotic homolog pairing, synapsis and recombination has been enigmatic. Here, we report that this enzyme is required to proofread meiotic homolog interactions. We generated a mutant version of PCH-2 in C. elegans that binds ATP but cannot hydrolyze it: pch-2E253Q. In vitro, this mutant can bind a known substrate but is unable to remodel it. This mutation results in some non-homologous synapsis and impaired crossover assurance. Surprisingly, worms with a null mutation in PCH-2's adapter protein, CMT-1, the ortholog of p31comet, localize PCH-2 to meiotic chromosomes, exhibit non-homologous synapsis and lose crossover assurance. The similarity in phenotypes between cmt-1 and pch-2E253Q mutants suggest that PCH-2 can bind its meiotic substrates in the absence of CMT-1, in contrast to its role during the spindle checkpoint, but requires its adapter to hydrolyze ATP and remodel them.


Assuntos
Proteínas Adaptadoras de Transdução de Sinal/genética , Proteínas de Caenorhabditis elegans/genética , Proteínas de Ciclo Celular/genética , Meiose/genética , Proteínas Nucleares/genética , Adenosina Trifosfatases/genética , Trifosfato de Adenosina/genética , Animais , Caenorhabditis elegans/genética , Pareamento Cromossômico/genética , Segregação de Cromossomos/genética , Cromossomos/genética , Humanos , Mutação/genética , Fuso Acromático/genética
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Nature ; 584(7821): 410-414, 2020 08.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32641833

RESUMO

In metazoans, the secreted proteome participates in intercellular signalling and innate immunity, and builds the extracellular matrix scaffold around cells. Compared with the relatively constant intracellular environment, conditions for proteins in the extracellular space are harsher, and low concentrations of ATP prevent the activity of intracellular components of the protein quality-control machinery. Until now, only a few bona fide extracellular chaperones and proteases have been shown to limit the aggregation of extracellular proteins1-5. Here we performed a systematic analysis of the extracellular proteostasis network in Caenorhabditis elegans with an RNA interference screen that targets genes that encode the secreted proteome. We discovered 57 regulators of extracellular protein aggregation, including several proteins related to innate immunity. Because intracellular proteostasis is upregulated in response to pathogens6-9, we investigated whether pathogens also stimulate extracellular proteostasis. Using a pore-forming toxin to mimic a pathogenic attack, we found that C. elegans responded by increasing the expression of components of extracellular proteostasis and by limiting aggregation of extracellular proteins. The activation of extracellular proteostasis was dependent on stress-activated MAP kinase signalling. Notably, the overexpression of components of extracellular proteostasis delayed ageing and rendered worms resistant to intoxication. We propose that enhanced extracellular proteostasis contributes to systemic host defence by maintaining a functional secreted proteome and avoiding proteotoxicity.


Assuntos
Caenorhabditis elegans/metabolismo , Caenorhabditis elegans/microbiologia , Espaço Extracelular/metabolismo , Agregados Proteicos , Proteostase , Envelhecimento/metabolismo , Animais , Caenorhabditis elegans/citologia , Caenorhabditis elegans/genética , Proteínas de Caenorhabditis elegans/metabolismo , Sistema de Sinalização das MAP Quinases , Agregação Patológica de Proteínas/prevenção & controle , Proteoma/genética , Proteoma/metabolismo , Interferência de RNA
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Nucleic Acids Res ; 48(15): 8782-8795, 2020 09 04.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32633758

RESUMO

The stability and processing of cellular RNA transcripts are efficiently controlled via non-templated addition of single or multiple nucleotides, which is catalyzed by various nucleotidyltransferases including poly(A) polymerases (PAPs). Germline development defective 2 (GLD-2) is among the first reported cytoplasmic non-canonical PAPs that promotes the translation of germline-specific mRNAs by extending their short poly(A) tails in metazoan, such as Caenorhabditis elegans and Xenopus. On the other hand, the function of mammalian GLD-2 seems more diverse, which includes monoadenylation of certain microRNAs. To understand the structural basis that underlies the difference between mammalian and non-mammalian GLD-2 proteins, we determine crystal structures of two rodent GLD-2s. Different from C. elegans GLD-2, mammalian GLD-2 is an intrinsically robust PAP with an extensively positively charged surface. Rodent and C. elegans GLD-2s have a topological difference in the ß-sheet region of the central domain. Whereas C. elegans GLD-2 prefers adenosine-rich RNA substrates, mammalian GLD-2 can work on RNA oligos with various sequences. Coincident with its activity on microRNAs, mammalian GLD-2 structurally resembles the mRNA and miRNA processor terminal uridylyltransferase 7 (TUT7). Our study reveals how GLD-2 structurally evolves to a more versatile nucleotidyltransferase, and provides important clues in understanding its biological function in mammals.


Assuntos
Proteínas de Caenorhabditis elegans/genética , MicroRNAs/genética , Nucleotidiltransferases/genética , Polinucleotídeo Adenililtransferase/genética , Estabilidade de RNA/genética , RNA Mensageiro/genética , Proteínas de Xenopus/genética , Animais , Caenorhabditis elegans/genética , Citoplasma/genética , Células Germinativas/crescimento & desenvolvimento , Mamíferos , Poli A/genética , Interferência de RNA
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Nat Commun ; 11(1): 3615, 2020 07 17.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32680986

RESUMO

Failure to preserve the integrity of the genome is a hallmark of cancer. Recent studies have revealed that loss of the capacity to repair DNA breaks via homologous recombination (HR) results in a mutational profile termed BRCAness. The enzymatic activity that repairs HR substrates in BRCA-deficient conditions to produce this profile is currently unknown. We here show that the mutational landscape of BRCA1 deficiency in C. elegans closely resembles that of BRCA1-deficient tumours. We identify polymerase theta-mediated end-joining (TMEJ) to be responsible: knocking out polq-1 suppresses the accumulation of deletions and tandem duplications in brc-1 and brd-1 animals. We find no additional back-up repair in HR and TMEJ compromised animals; non-homologous end-joining does not affect BRCAness. The notion that TMEJ acts as an alternative to HR, promoting the genome alteration of HR-deficient cells, supports the idea that polymerase theta is a promising therapeutic target for HR-deficient tumours.


Assuntos
Proteínas de Caenorhabditis elegans/genética , Caenorhabditis elegans/genética , Reparo do DNA por Junção de Extremidades , DNA Polimerase Dirigida por DNA/metabolismo , Proteínas Supressoras de Tumor/genética , Ubiquitina-Proteína Ligases/genética , Animais , Animais Geneticamente Modificados , Análise Mutacional de DNA , DNA Polimerase Dirigida por DNA/genética , Técnicas de Inativação de Genes , Mutação
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