Sequence Homology, Amino Acid

Publication Title: 
FEBS letters

Strains of Caenorhabditis elegans mutant for clk-1 exhibit a 20-40% increase in mean lifespan. clk-1 encodes a mitochondrial protein thought to be either an enzyme or regulatory molecule acting within the ubiquinone biosynthesis pathway. Here CLK-1 is shown to be related to the ubiquinol oxidase, alternative oxidase, and belong to the functionally diverse di-iron-carboxylate protein family which includes bacterioferritin and methane mono-oxygenase.

Author(s): 
Rea, S.
Publication Title: 
Biogerontology

P. anserina mutants with impairments in complex IV (COX) of the respiratory chain are characterized by an increase in lifespan. Examples are the nuclear grisea mutant with a moderate lifespan extension (60%) and the immortal extranuclear ex1 mutant. Here we report data demonstrating that in mutant ex1 the level of the alternative oxidase (PaAOX) is significantly higher than in mutant grisea. PaAOX levels appear to be reversely dependent on COX activity.

Author(s): 
Borghouts, Corina
Scheckhuber, Christian Q.
Werner, Alexandra
Osiewacz, Heinz D.
Publication Title: 
The Biochemical Journal

NaCT (sodium-coupled citrate transporter) is an Na(+)-coupled citrate transporter identified recently in mammals that mediates the cellular uptake of citrate. It is expressed predominantly in the liver. NaCT is structurally and functionally related to the product of the Indy (I'm not dead yet) gene in Drosophila, the dysfunction of which leads to lifespan extension. Here, we show that NaCT mediates the utilization of extracellular citrate for fat synthesis in human liver cells, and that the process is stimulated by lithium.

Author(s): 
Inoue, Katsuhisa
Zhuang, Lina
Maddox, Dennis M.
Smith, Sylvia B.
Ganapathy, Vadivel
Publication Title: 
Insect Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Ticks are obligate hematophagous ectoparasites with a life cycle characterized by a period of starvation; many ticks spend more than 95% of their life off the host. Autophagy, which is the process of bulk cytoplasmic degradation in eukaryotic cells, is induced by starvation and is essential for extension of the lifespan. Therefore, we hypothesized that autophagy also occurs in ticks; however, there has been no report on autophagy-related (ATG) genes in ticks.

Author(s): 
Umemiya, Rika
Matsuo, Tomohide
Hatta, Takeshi
Sakakibara, Shin-ichi
Boldbaatar, Damdinsuren
Fujisaki, Kozo
Publication Title: 
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America

The burden of protein misfolding is believed to contribute to aging. However, the links between adaptations to conditions associated with protein misfolding and resistance to the time-dependent attrition of cellular function remain poorly understood. We report that worms lacking aip-1, a homologue of mammalian AIRAP (arsenic-inducible proteasomal 19S regulatory particle-associated protein), are not only impaired in their ability to resist exposure to arsenite but also exhibit shortened lifespan and hypersensitivity to misfolding-prone proteins under normal laboratory conditions.

Author(s): 
Yun, Chi
Stanhill, Ariel
Yang, Yun
Zhang, Yuhong
Haynes, Cole M.
Xu, Chong-Feng
Neubert, Thomas A.
Mor, Adam
Philips, Mark R.
Ron, David
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: 
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America

Forkhead box class O 3a (FOXO3a) is a transcription factor and tumor suppressor linked to longevity that determines cell fate through activating transcription of cell differentiation, survival, and apoptotic genes. Recruitment of the coactivator CBP/p300 is a crucial step in transcription, and we revealed that in addition to conserved region 3 (CR3) of FOXO3a, the C-terminal segment of CR2 (CR2C) binds CBP/p300 and contributes to transcriptional activity.

Author(s): 
Wang, Feng
Marshall, Christopher B.
Yamamoto, Kazuo
Li, Guang-Yao
Gasmi-Seabrook, GeneviËve M. C.
Okada, Hitoshi
Mak, Tak W.
Ikura, Mitsuhiko
Publication Title: 
The FEBS journal

Lipocalins are a family of proteins characterized by a conserved eight-stranded ?-barrel structure with a ligand-binding pocket. They perform a wide range of biological functions and this functional multiplicity must relate to the lipid partner involved. Apolipoprotein D (ApoD) and its insect homologues, Lazarillo (Laz) and neural Lazarillo (NLaz), share common ancestral functions like longevity, stress resistance and lipid metabolism regulation, coexisting with very specialized functions, like courtship behavior.

Author(s): 
Ruiz, Mario
Sanchez, Diego
Correnti, Colin
Strong, Roland K.
Ganfornina, Maria D.
Publication Title: 
Biochemical Society Transactions

Autophagy is a catabolic pathway in which the cell sequesters cytoplasmic material, including long-lived proteins, lipids and organelles, in specialized double-membrane vesicles, called autophagosomes. Subsequently, autophagosomes communicate with the lysosomal compartment and acquire acidic hydrolases for final cargo degradation. This process of partial self-eating secures the survival of eukaryotic cells during starvation periods and is critically regulated by mTORC1 (mammalian target of rapamycin complex 1).

Author(s): 
Bakula, Daniela
Takacs, Zsuzsanna
Proikas-Cezanne, Tassula
Publication Title: 
Aging Cell

Dietary restriction (DR) results in a robust increase in lifespan while maintaining the physiology of much younger animals in a wide range of species. Here, we examine the role of drr-2, a DR-responsive gene recently identified, in determining the longevity of Caenorhabditis elegans. Inhibition of drr-2 has been shown to increase longevity. However, the molecular mechanisms by which drr-2 influences longevity remain unknown.

Author(s): 
Ching, Tsui-Ting
Paal, Alisha B.
Mehta, Avni
Zhong, Linda
Hsu, Ao-Lin

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