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Guidelines for monitoring autophagy in Caenorhabditis elegans

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Date Issued:
2015
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The cellular recycling process of autophagy has been extensively characterized with standard assays in yeast and mammalian cell lines. In multicellular organisms, numerous external and internal factors differentially affect autophagy activity in specific cell types throughout the stages of organismal ontogeny, adding complexity to the analysis of autophagy in these metazoans. Here we summarize currently available assays for monitoring the autophagic process in the nematode C. elegans. A combination of measuring levels of the lipidated Atg8 ortholog LGG-1, degradation of well characterized autophagic substrates such as germline P granule components and the SQSTM1/p62 ortholog SQST-1, expression of autophagic genes and electron microscopy analysis of autophagic structures are presently the most informative, yet steady-state, approaches available to assess autophagy levels in C. elegans. We also review how altered autophagy activity affects a variety of biological processes in C. elegans such as L1 survival under starvation conditions, dauer formation, aging, and cell death, as well as neuronal cell specification. Taken together, C. elegans is emerging as a powerful model organism to monitor autophagy while evaluating important physiological roles for autophagy in key developmental events as well as during adulthood.
Title: Guidelines for monitoring autophagy in Caenorhabditis elegans.
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Name(s): Hong Zhang
Jessica T Chang
Bin Guo
Malene Hansen
Kailiang Jia
Attila L Kovács
Caroline Kumsta
Louis R Lapierre
Renaud Legouis
Long Lin
Qun Lu
Alicia Meléndez
Eyleen J O'Rourke
Ken Sato
Miyuki Sato
Xiaochen Wang
Fan Wu
Type of Resource: text
Genre: Article
Date Issued: 2015
Publisher: Taylor and Francis
Physical Form: pdf
Extent: 20 p.
Language(s): English
Abstract: The cellular recycling process of autophagy has been extensively characterized with standard assays in yeast and mammalian cell lines. In multicellular organisms, numerous external and internal factors differentially affect autophagy activity in specific cell types throughout the stages of organismal ontogeny, adding complexity to the analysis of autophagy in these metazoans. Here we summarize currently available assays for monitoring the autophagic process in the nematode C. elegans. A combination of measuring levels of the lipidated Atg8 ortholog LGG-1, degradation of well characterized autophagic substrates such as germline P granule components and the SQSTM1/p62 ortholog SQST-1, expression of autophagic genes and electron microscopy analysis of autophagic structures are presently the most informative, yet steady-state, approaches available to assess autophagy levels in C. elegans. We also review how altered autophagy activity affects a variety of biological processes in C. elegans such as L1 survival under starvation conditions, dauer formation, aging, and cell death, as well as neuronal cell specification. Taken together, C. elegans is emerging as a powerful model organism to monitor autophagy while evaluating important physiological roles for autophagy in key developmental events as well as during adulthood.
Identifier: FAUIR000529 (IID)
Persistent Link to This Record: http://purl.flvc.org/fau/fd/FAUIR000529
Host Institution: FAU

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