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Nat Commun ; 11(1): 5076, 2020 10 08.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-33033264

RESUMO

Proper threat-reward decision-making is critical to animal survival. Emerging evidence indicates that the motor system may participate in decision-making but the neural circuit and molecular bases for these functions are little known. We found in C. elegans that GABAergic motor neurons (D-MNs) bias toward the reward behavior in threat-reward decision-making by retrogradely inhibiting a pair of premotor command interneurons, AVA, that control cholinergic motor neurons in the avoidance neural circuit. This function of D-MNs is mediated by a specific ionotropic GABA receptor (UNC-49) in AVA, and depends on electrical coupling between the two AVA interneurons. Our results suggest that AVA are hub neurons where sensory inputs from threat and reward sensory modalities and motor information from D-MNs are integrated. This study demonstrates at single-neuron resolution how motor neurons may help shape threat-reward choice behaviors through interacting with other neurons.


Assuntos
Caenorhabditis elegans/fisiologia , Neurônios GABAérgicos/metabolismo , Locomoção/fisiologia , Neurônios Motores/metabolismo , Animais , Aprendizagem da Esquiva , Viés , Proteínas de Caenorhabditis elegans/metabolismo , Quimiotaxia , Fenômenos Eletrofisiológicos , Junções Comunicantes/metabolismo , Glicerol/farmacologia , Interneurônios/metabolismo , Optogenética , Concentração Osmolar , Receptores Colinérgicos/metabolismo , Sinapses/metabolismo
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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.


Assuntos
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.


Assuntos
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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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.


Assuntos
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.


Assuntos
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): 4496, 2020 09 08.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32901024

RESUMO

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): 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 Genet ; 16(8): e1008505, 2020 08.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32776934

RESUMO

Dynamic gene expression in neurons shapes fundamental processes in the nervous systems of animals. However, how neuronal activation by different stimuli can lead to distinct transcriptional responses is not well understood. We have been studying how microbial metabolites modulate gene expression in chemosensory neurons of Caenorhabditis elegans. Considering the diverse environmental stimuli that can activate chemosensory neurons of C. elegans, we sought to understand how specific transcriptional responses can be generated in these neurons in response to distinct cues. We have focused on the mechanism of rapid (<6 min) and selective transcriptional induction of daf-7, a gene encoding a TGF-ß ligand, in the ASJ chemosensory neurons in response to the pathogenic bacterium Pseudomonas aeruginosa. DAF-7 is required for the protective behavioral avoidance of P. aeruginosa by C. elegans. Here, we define the involvement of two distinct cyclic GMP (cGMP)-dependent pathways that are required for daf-7 expression in the ASJ neuron pair in response to P. aeruginosa. We show that a calcium-independent pathway dependent on the cGMP-dependent protein kinase G (PKG) EGL-4, and a canonical calcium-dependent signaling pathway dependent on the activity of a cyclic nucleotide-gated channel subunit CNG-2, function in parallel to activate rapid, selective transcription of daf-7 in response to P. aeruginosa metabolites. Our data suggest that fast, selective early transcription of neuronal genes require PKG in shaping responses to distinct microbial stimuli in a pair of C. elegans chemosensory neurons.


Assuntos
Proteínas de Caenorhabditis elegans/genética , Células Quimiorreceptoras/metabolismo , GMP Cíclico/metabolismo , Pseudomonas aeruginosa/metabolismo , Fator de Crescimento Transformador beta/genética , Animais , Caenorhabditis elegans , Proteínas de Caenorhabditis elegans/metabolismo , Sinalização do Cálcio , Proteínas Quinases Dependentes de GMP Cíclico/metabolismo , Canais de Cátion Regulados por Nucleotídeos Cíclicos/metabolismo , Ativação Transcricional , Fator de Crescimento Transformador beta/metabolismo
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PLoS Genet ; 16(8): e1008644, 2020 08.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32776941

RESUMO

Correct regulation of cell contractility is critical for the function of many biological systems. The reproductive system of the hermaphroditic nematode C. elegans contains a contractile tube of myoepithelial cells known as the spermatheca, which stores sperm and is the site of oocyte fertilization. Regulated contraction of the spermatheca pushes the embryo into the uterus. Cell contractility in the spermatheca is dependent on actin and myosin and is regulated, in part, by Ca2+ signaling through the phospholipase PLC-1, which mediates Ca2+ release from the endoplasmic reticulum. Here, we describe a novel role for GSA-1/Gαs, and protein kinase A, composed of the catalytic subunit KIN-1/PKA-C and the regulatory subunit KIN-2/PKA-R, in the regulation of Ca2+ release and contractility in the C. elegans spermatheca. Without GSA-1/Gαs or KIN-1/PKA-C, Ca2+ is not released, and oocytes become trapped in the spermatheca. Conversely, when PKA is activated through either a gain of function allele in GSA-1 (GSA-1(GF)) or by depletion of KIN-2/PKA-R, the transit times and total numbers, although not frequencies, of Ca2+ pulses are increased, and Ca2+ propagates across the spermatheca even in the absence of oocyte entry. In the spermathecal-uterine valve, loss of GSA-1/Gαs or KIN-1/PKA-C results in sustained, high levels of Ca2+ and a loss of coordination between the spermathecal bag and sp-ut valve. Additionally, we show that depleting phosphodiesterase PDE-6 levels alters contractility and Ca2+ dynamics in the spermatheca, and that the GPB-1 and GPB-2 Gß subunits play a central role in regulating spermathecal contractility and Ca2+ signaling. This work identifies a signaling network in which Ca2+ and cAMP pathways work together to coordinate spermathecal contractions for successful ovulations.


Assuntos
Proteínas de Caenorhabditis elegans/metabolismo , Sinalização do Cálcio , Subunidades Catalíticas da Proteína Quinase Dependente de AMP Cíclico/metabolismo , Contração Muscular , 3',5'-AMP Cíclico Fosfodiesterases/metabolismo , Animais , Caenorhabditis elegans , Proteínas de Caenorhabditis elegans/genética , Subunidades Catalíticas da Proteína Quinase Dependente de AMP Cíclico/genética , Células Epiteliais/metabolismo , Células Epiteliais/fisiologia , Subunidades beta da Proteína de Ligação ao GTP/metabolismo , Mutação com Ganho de Função , Células Musculares/metabolismo , Células Musculares/fisiologia , Oócitos/fisiologia
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PLoS Pathog ; 16(8): e1008766, 2020 08.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32857822

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Pathogens commonly disrupt the intestinal epithelial barrier; however, how the epithelial immune system senses the loss of intestinal barrier as a danger signal to activate self-defense is unclear. Through an unbiased approach in the model nematode Caenorhabditis elegans, we found that the EGL-44/TEAD transcription factor and its transcriptional activator YAP-1/YAP (Yes-associated protein) were activated when the intestinal barrier was disrupted by infections with the pathogenic bacterium Pseudomonas aeruginosa PA14. Gene Ontology enrichment analysis of the genes containing the TEAD-binding sites revealed that "innate immune response" and "defense response to Gram-negative bacterium" were two top significantly overrepresented terms. Genetic inactivation of yap-1 and egl-44 significantly reduced the survival rate and promoted bacterial accumulation in worms after bacterial infections. Furthermore, we found that disturbance of the E-cadherin-based adherens junction triggered the nuclear translocation and activation of YAP-1/YAP in the gut of worms. Although YAP is a major downstream effector of the Hippo signaling, our study revealed that the activation of YAP-1/YAP was independent of the Hippo pathway during disruption of intestinal barrier. After screening 10 serine/threonine phosphatases, we identified that PP2A phosphatase was involved in the activation of YAP-1/YAP after intestinal barrier loss induced by bacterial infections. Additionally, our study demonstrated that the function of YAP was evolutionarily conserved in mice. Our study highlights how the intestinal epithelium recognizes the loss of the epithelial barrier as a danger signal to deploy defenses against pathogens, uncovering an immune surveillance program in the intestinal epithelium.


Assuntos
Proteínas Adaptadoras de Transdução de Sinal/metabolismo , Proteínas de Caenorhabditis elegans/metabolismo , Permeabilidade da Membrana Celular , Células Epiteliais/imunologia , Microbioma Gastrointestinal/imunologia , Salmonelose Animal/imunologia , Salmonella typhimurium/imunologia , Proteínas Adaptadoras de Transdução de Sinal/genética , Animais , Caenorhabditis elegans , Proteínas de Caenorhabditis elegans/genética , Células Epiteliais/metabolismo , Células Epiteliais/microbiologia , Células Epiteliais/patologia , Camundongos , Salmonelose Animal/metabolismo , Salmonelose Animal/microbiologia , Salmonelose Animal/patologia , Transdução de Sinais
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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.


Assuntos
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): 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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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.


Assuntos
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 Comput Biol ; 16(7): e1008002, 2020 07.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32692770

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Ageing affects a wide range of phenotypes at all scales, but an objective measure of ageing remains challenging, even in simple model organisms. To measure the ageing process, we characterized the sequence of alterations of multiple phenotypes at organismal scale. Hundreds of morphological, postural, and behavioral features were extracted from high-resolution videos. Out of the 1019 features extracted, 896 are ageing biomarkers, defined as those that show a significant correlation with relative age (age divided by lifespan). We used support vector regression to predict age, remaining life and lifespan of individual C. elegans. The quality of these predictions (age R2 = 0.79; remaining life R2 = 0.77; lifespan R2 = 0.72) increased with the number of features added to the model, supporting the use of multiple features to quantify ageing. We quantified the rate of ageing as how quickly animals moved through a phenotypic space; we quantified health decline as the slope of the declining predicted remaining life. In both ageing dimensions, we found that short lived-animals aged faster than long-lived animals. In our conditions, for isogenic wild-type worms, the health decline of the individuals was scaled to their lifespan without significant deviation from the average for short- or long-lived animals.


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Caenorhabditis elegans/fisiologia , Longevidade , Fenótipo , Algoritmos , Animais , Comportamento Animal , Biomarcadores/metabolismo , Proteínas de Caenorhabditis elegans/metabolismo , Biologia Computacional , Simulação por Computador , Mutação , Estresse Oxidativo , Prognóstico , Análise de Regressão , Reprodutibilidade dos Testes , Estresse Mecânico , Fatores de Tempo , Gravação em Vídeo
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Nat Commun ; 11(1): 3467, 2020 07 10.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32651378

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Modulation of gap junction-mediated electrical synapses is a common form of neural plasticity. However, the behavioral consequence of the modulation and the underlying molecular cellular mechanisms are not understood. Here, using a C. elegans circuit of interneurons that are connected by gap junctions, we show that modulation of the gap junctions facilitates olfactory learning. Learning experience weakens the gap junctions and induces a repulsive sensory response to the training odorants, which together decouple the responses of the interneurons to the training odorants to generate learned olfactory behavior. The weakening of the gap junctions results from downregulation of the abundance of a gap junction molecule, which is regulated by cell-autonomous function of the worm homologs of a NMDAR subunit and CaMKII. Thus, our findings identify the function of a gap junction modulation in an in vivo model of learning and a conserved regulatory pathway underlying the modulation.


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Junções Comunicantes/metabolismo , Receptores de N-Metil-D-Aspartato/metabolismo , Animais , Caenorhabditis elegans , Proteínas de Caenorhabditis elegans/metabolismo , Proteína Quinase Tipo 2 Dependente de Cálcio-Calmodulina/metabolismo , Interneurônios/metabolismo , Aprendizagem/fisiologia , Memória/fisiologia
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Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A ; 117(29): 17142-17150, 2020 07 21.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32636256

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Gut microbes play diverse roles in modulating host fitness, including longevity; however, the molecular mechanisms underlying their mediation of longevity remain poorly understood. We performed genome-wide screens using 3,792 Escherichia coli mutants and identified 44 E. coli mutants that modulated Caenorhabditis elegans longevity. Three of these mutants modulated C. elegans longevity via the bacterial metabolite methylglyoxal (MG). Importantly, we found that low MG-producing E. coli mutants, Δhns E. coli, extended the lifespan of C. elegans through activation of the DAF-16/FOXO family transcription factor and the mitochondrial unfolded protein response (UPRmt). Interestingly, the lifespan modulation by Δhns did not require insulin/insulin-like growth factor 1 signaling (IIS) but did require TORC2/SGK-1 signaling. Transcriptome analysis revealed that Δhns E. coli activated novel class 3 DAF-16 target genes that were distinct from those regulated by IIS. Taken together, our data suggest that bacteria-derived MG modulates host longevity through regulation of the host signaling pathways rather than through nonspecific damage on biomolecules known as advanced glycation end products. Finally, we demonstrate that MG enhances the phosphorylation of hSGK1 and accelerates cellular senescence in human dermal fibroblasts, suggesting the conserved role of MG in controlling longevity across species. Together, our studies demonstrate that bacteria-derived MG is a novel therapeutic target for aging and aging-associated pathophysiology.


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Proteínas de Caenorhabditis elegans/metabolismo , Caenorhabditis elegans , Fatores de Transcrição Forkhead/metabolismo , Longevidade/efeitos dos fármacos , Proteínas Serina-Treonina Quinases/metabolismo , Aldeído Pirúvico , Animais , Caenorhabditis elegans/efeitos dos fármacos , Caenorhabditis elegans/metabolismo , Caenorhabditis elegans/microbiologia , Escherichia coli/metabolismo , Microbioma Gastrointestinal/fisiologia , Alvo Mecanístico do Complexo 2 de Rapamicina/metabolismo , Modelos Biológicos , Aldeído Pirúvico/metabolismo , Aldeído Pirúvico/farmacologia , Transdução de Sinais/efeitos dos fármacos , Transcriptoma/genética
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Nature ; 584(7821): 410-414, 2020 08.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32641833

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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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Ecotoxicol Environ Saf ; 201: 110857, 2020 Sep 15.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32534332

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Caenorhabditis elegans is sensitive to toxicity of environmental pollutants. The alteration in expression of mir-794, a microRNA (miRNA) molecule, mediated a protective response to nanopolystyene (100 nm) at predicted environmental concentration (1 µg/L) in nematodes. However, the underlying molecular basis for mir-794 function in regulating the response to nanopolystyrene remains largely unclear. In this study, we found that intestinal overexpression of mir-794 caused the susceptibility to nanopolystyrene toxicity, suggesting that mir-794 acted in the intestine to regulate the response to nanopolystyrene. Intestinal overexpression of mir-794 further decreased the expressions of daf-16 encoding a FOXO transcriptional factor in insulin signaling pathway, skn-1 encoding a Nrf transcriptional factor in p38 MAPK signaling pathway, and mdt-15 encoding a lipid metabolic sensor acting downstream of SKN-1 in nanopolystyrene exposed nematodes. Meanwhile, intestinal overexpression of mir-794 could suppress the resistance of nematodes overexpressing intestinal daf-16, skn-1, or mdt-15 containing the corresponding 3' untranslated region (3' UTR) to nanopolystyrene toxicity. Therefore, DAF-16, SKN-1, and MDT-15 acted as the downstream targets of intestinal mir-794 to regulate the response to nanopolystyrene. In the intestine, DAF-16 functioned synergistically with SKN-1 or MDT-15 to regulate the response to nanopolystyrene. Our results suggested that the intestinal mir-794 provided an important epigenetic regulation mechanism to control the response to nanopolystyrene by linking insulin and p38 MAPK signaling pathways in nematodes.


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Caenorhabditis elegans/efeitos dos fármacos , Insulina/metabolismo , Intestinos/efeitos dos fármacos , MicroRNAs/metabolismo , Nanopartículas/toxicidade , Poliestirenos/toxicidade , Poluentes do Solo/toxicidade , Proteínas Quinases p38 Ativadas por Mitógeno/metabolismo , Animais , Caenorhabditis elegans/genética , Caenorhabditis elegans/metabolismo , Proteínas de Caenorhabditis elegans/genética , Proteínas de Caenorhabditis elegans/metabolismo , Epigênese Genética , Regulação da Expressão Gênica , Lipídeos , Sistema de Sinalização das MAP Quinases/efeitos dos fármacos , MicroRNAs/genética , Fatores de Transcrição/genética
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Nature ; 582(7811): 283-288, 2020 06.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32499657

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Mobile genetic elements threaten genome integrity in all organisms. RDE-3 (also known as MUT-2) is a ribonucleotidyltransferase that is required for transposon silencing and RNA interference in Caenorhabditis elegans1-4. When tethered to RNAs in heterologous expression systems, RDE-3 can add long stretches of alternating non-templated uridine (U) and guanosine (G) ribonucleotides to the 3' termini of these RNAs (designated poly(UG) or pUG tails)5. Here we show that, in its natural context in C. elegans, RDE-3 adds pUG tails to targets of RNA interference, as well as to transposon RNAs. RNA fragments attached to pUG tails with more than 16 perfectly alternating 3' U and G nucleotides become gene-silencing agents. pUG tails promote gene silencing by recruiting RNA-dependent RNA polymerases, which use pUG-tailed RNAs (pUG RNAs) as templates to synthesize small interfering RNAs (siRNAs). Our results show that cycles of pUG RNA-templated siRNA synthesis and siRNA-directed pUG RNA biogenesis underlie double-stranded-RNA-directed transgenerational epigenetic inheritance in the C. elegans germline. We speculate that this pUG RNA-siRNA silencing loop enables parents to inoculate progeny against the expression of unwanted or parasitic genetic elements.


Assuntos
Caenorhabditis elegans/genética , Caenorhabditis elegans/parasitologia , Epigênese Genética/genética , Genoma/genética , Hereditariedade , Poli G/genética , Poli U/genética , RNA Mensageiro/genética , Animais , Caenorhabditis elegans/citologia , Caenorhabditis elegans/metabolismo , Proteínas de Caenorhabditis elegans/metabolismo , Células Germinativas/citologia , Células Germinativas/metabolismo , Masculino , Nucleotidiltransferases/metabolismo , Interferência de RNA , RNA Replicase/metabolismo , RNA Interferente Pequeno/genética , Moldes Genéticos
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Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A ; 117(25): 14270-14279, 2020 06 23.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32513699

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Directional cell migration involves signaling cascades that stimulate actin assembly at the leading edge, and additional pathways must inhibit actin polymerization at the rear. During neuroblast migration in Caenorhabditis elegans, the transmembrane protein MIG-13/Lrp12 acts through the Arp2/3 nucleation-promoting factors WAVE and WASP to guide the anterior migration. Here we show that a tyrosine kinase, SRC-1, directly phosphorylates MIG-13 and promotes its activity on actin assembly at the leading edge. In GFP knockin animals, SRC-1 and MIG-13 distribute along the entire plasma membrane of migrating cells. We reveal that a receptor-like tyrosine phosphatase, PTP-3, maintains the F-actin polarity during neuroblast migration. Recombinant PTP-3 dephosphorylates SRC-1-dependent MIG-13 phosphorylation in vitro. Importantly, the endogenous PTP-3 accumulates at the rear of the migrating neuroblast, and its extracellular domain is essential for directional cell migration. We provide evidence that the asymmetrically localized tyrosine phosphatase PTP-3 spatially restricts MIG-13/Lrp12 receptor activity in migrating cells.


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Proteínas de Caenorhabditis elegans/metabolismo , Caenorhabditis elegans/metabolismo , Movimento Celular/fisiologia , Neurônios/metabolismo , Proteínas Tirosina Fosfatases/metabolismo , Citoesqueleto de Actina/metabolismo , Complexo 2-3 de Proteínas Relacionadas à Actina/metabolismo , Actinas/metabolismo , Animais , Animais Geneticamente Modificados , Polaridade Celular/fisiologia , Proteína-1 Relacionada a Receptor de Lipoproteína de Baixa Densidade , Proteínas de Membrana/metabolismo , Fosforilação , Proteínas Quinases/metabolismo , Transdução de Sinais
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