Gene Expression Regulation, Developmental

Publication Title: 
Medical Hypotheses

Cognitive plasticity, a developmental trait that promotes acquisition of complex skills such as language or playing musical instruments, diminishes substantially during puberty. The loss of plasticity has been attributed to surge of sex steroids during adolescence, but the phenomenon remains poorly understood. We hypothesize that pineal involution during puberty may contribute to plasticity decay. The pineal gland produces melatonin, the level of which declines dramatically during onset of puberty.

Author(s): 
Yun, A. Joon
Bazar, Kimberly A.
Lee, Patrick Y.
Publication Title: 
Age (Dordrecht, Netherlands)

Dietary restriction (DR) increases lifespan in a range of evolutionarily distinct species. The polyphenol resveratrol may be a dietary mimetic of some effects of DR. The pivotal role of the mammalian histone deacetylase (HDAC) Sirt1, and its homologue in other organisms, in mediating the effects of both DR and resveratrol on lifespan/ageing suggests it may be the common conduit through which these dietary interventions influence ageing.

Author(s): 
Wakeling, Luisa A.
Ions, Laura J.
Ford, Dianne
Publication Title: 
PloS One

Iron is essential for organisms. It is mainly utilized in mitochondria for biosynthesis of iron-sulfur clusters, hemes and other cofactors. Mitoferrin 1 and mitoferrin 2, two homologues proteins belonging to the mitochondrial solute carrier family, are required for iron delivery into mitochondria. Mitoferrin 1 is highly expressed in developing erythrocytes which consume a large amount of iron during hemoglobinization. Mitoferrin 2 is ubiquitously expressed, whose functions are less known.

Author(s): 
Ren, Yaguang
Yang, Su
Tan, Guoqiang
Ye, Wei
Liu, Danhui
Qian, Xu
Ding, Zhongying
Zhong, Yuhong
Zhang, Jingrui
Jiang, Dandan
Zhao, Yuhong
Lu, Jianxin
Publication Title: 
PLoS genetics

In Caenorhabditis elegans (C. elegans), the promotion of longevity by the transcription factor DAF-16 requires reduced insulin/IGF receptor (IIR) signaling or the ablation of the germline, although the reason for the negative impact of germ cells is unknown. FOXO/DAF-16 activity inhibits germline proliferation in both daf-2 mutants and gld-1 tumors. In contrast to its function as a germline tumor suppressor, we now provide evidence that somatic DAF-16 in the presence of IIR signaling can also result in tumorigenic activity, which counteracts robust lifespan extension.

Author(s): 
Qi, Wenjing
Huang, Xu
Neumann-Haefelin, Elke
Schulze, Ekkehard
Baumeister, Ralf
Publication Title: 
Aging Cell

The contribution that oxidative damage to DNA and/or RNA makes to the aging process remains undefined. In this study, we used the hMTH1-Tg mouse model to investigate how oxidative damage to nucleic acids affects aging. hMTH1-Tg mice express high levels of the hMTH1 hydrolase that degrades 8-oxodGTP and 8-oxoGTP and excludes 8-oxoguanine from both DNA and RNA. Compared to wild-type animals, hMTH1-overexpressing mice have significantly lower steady-state levels of 8-oxoguanine in both nuclear and mitochondrial DNA of several organs, including the brain.

Author(s): 
De Luca, Gabriele
Ventura, Ilenia
Sanghez, Valentina
Russo, Maria Teresa
Ajmone-Cat, Maria Antonietta
Cacci, Emanuele
Martire, Alberto
Popoli, Patrizia
Falcone, Germana
Michelini, Flavia
Crescenzi, Marco
Degan, Paolo
Minghetti, Luisa
Bignami, Margherita
Calamandrei, Gemma
Publication Title: 
PLoS genetics

In Caenorhabditis elegans (C. elegans), the promotion of longevity by the transcription factor DAF-16 requires reduced insulin/IGF receptor (IIR) signaling or the ablation of the germline, although the reason for the negative impact of germ cells is unknown. FOXO/DAF-16 activity inhibits germline proliferation in both daf-2 mutants and gld-1 tumors. In contrast to its function as a germline tumor suppressor, we now provide evidence that somatic DAF-16 in the presence of IIR signaling can also result in tumorigenic activity, which counteracts robust lifespan extension.

Author(s): 
Qi, Wenjing
Huang, Xu
Neumann-Haefelin, Elke
Schulze, Ekkehard
Baumeister, Ralf
Publication Title: 
Aging Cell

The contribution that oxidative damage to DNA and/or RNA makes to the aging process remains undefined. In this study, we used the hMTH1-Tg mouse model to investigate how oxidative damage to nucleic acids affects aging. hMTH1-Tg mice express high levels of the hMTH1 hydrolase that degrades 8-oxodGTP and 8-oxoGTP and excludes 8-oxoguanine from both DNA and RNA. Compared to wild-type animals, hMTH1-overexpressing mice have significantly lower steady-state levels of 8-oxoguanine in both nuclear and mitochondrial DNA of several organs, including the brain.

Author(s): 
De Luca, Gabriele
Ventura, Ilenia
Sanghez, Valentina
Russo, Maria Teresa
Ajmone-Cat, Maria Antonietta
Cacci, Emanuele
Martire, Alberto
Popoli, Patrizia
Falcone, Germana
Michelini, Flavia
Crescenzi, Marco
Degan, Paolo
Minghetti, Luisa
Bignami, Margherita
Calamandrei, Gemma
Publication Title: 
Genetics

It is widely appreciated that larvae of the nematode Caenorhabditis elegans arrest development by forming dauer larvae in response to multiple unfavorable environmental conditions. C. elegans larvae can also reversibly arrest development earlier, during the first larval stage (L1), in response to starvation. "L1 arrest" (also known as "L1 diapause") occurs without morphological modification but is accompanied by increased stress resistance.

Author(s): 
Baugh, L. Ryan
Publication Title: 
Zeitschrift F¸r Gerontologie Und Geriatrie

The microscopic worm Caenorhabditis elegans (C.†elegans) is one of the most prominent animal models for aging studies. This is underscored by the fact that most of the genes and interventions that modulate the aging process, such as the insulin/IGF pathway, caloric restriction and mitochondrial signalling, were first identified in this organism.

Author(s): 
Torgovnick, A.
Schiavi, A.
Maglioni, S.
Ventura, N.
Publication Title: 
Developmental Cell

Developmental timing genes catalyze stem cell progression and animal maturation programs across taxa. Caenorhabditis elegans DRE-1/FBXO11 functions in an SCF E3-ubiquitin ligase complex to regulate the transition to adult programs, but its cognate proteolytic substrates are unknown. Here, we identify the conserved transcription factor BLMP-1 as a substrate of the SCF(DRE-1/FBXO11) complex. blmp-1 deletion suppressed dre-1 mutant phenotypes and exhibited developmental timing defects opposite to dre-1.

Author(s): 
Horn, Moritz
Geisen, Christoph
Cermak, Lukas
Becker, Ben
Nakamura, Shuhei
Klein, Corinna
Pagano, Michele
Antebi, Adam

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