Extreme-longevity mutations orchestrate silencing of multiple signaling pathways

Robert J. Shmookler Reis, Puneet Bharill, Cagdas Tazearslan, Srinivas Ayyadevara

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Abstract

Long-lived mutants provide unique insights into the genetic factors that limit lifespan in wild-type animals. Most mutants and RNA interference targets found to extend life, typically by 1.5- to 2.5-fold, were discovered in C. elegans. Several longevity-assurance pathways are conserved across widely divergent taxa, indicating that mechanisms of lifespan regulation evolved several hundred million years ago. Strong mutations to the C. elegans gene encoding AGE-1/PI3KCS achieve unprecedented longevity by orchestrating the modulation (predominantly silencing) of multiple signaling pathways. This is evident in a profound attenuation of total kinase activity, leading to reduced phosphoprotein content. Mutations to the gene encoding the catalytic subunit of PI3K (phosphatidylinositol 3-kinase) have the potential to modulate all enzymes that depend on its product, PIP3, for membrane tethering or activation by other kinases. Remarkably, strong mutants inactivating PI3K also silence multiple signaling pathways at the transcript level, partially but not entirely mediated by the DAF-16/FOXO transcription factor. Mammals have a relatively large proportion of somatic cells, and survival depends on their replication, whereas somatic cell divisions in nematodes are limited to development and reproductive tissues. Thus, translation of longevity gains from nematodes to mammals requires disentangling the downstream consequences of signaling mutations, to avoid their deleterious consequences.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1075-1083
Number of pages9
JournalBiochimica et Biophysica Acta - General Subjects
Volume1790
Issue number10
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 2009
Externally publishedYes

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Phosphatidylinositol 3-Kinase
Gene encoding
Mammals
Mutation
Phosphotransferases
Wild Animals
Phosphoproteins
RNA Interference
Cell Division
Genes
Catalytic Domain
Cell Survival
Animals
Transcription Factors
Chemical activation
Cells
Modulation
RNA
Tissue
Membranes

Keywords

  • Caenorhabditis elegans
  • IGF-1 (insulin-like growth factor 1)
  • Insulin
  • Lifespan
  • Longevity

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry
  • Biophysics
  • Molecular Biology

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Extreme-longevity mutations orchestrate silencing of multiple signaling pathways. / Shmookler Reis, Robert J.; Bharill, Puneet; Tazearslan, Cagdas; Ayyadevara, Srinivas.

In: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta - General Subjects, Vol. 1790, No. 10, 10.2009, p. 1075-1083.

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Shmookler Reis, Robert J. ; Bharill, Puneet ; Tazearslan, Cagdas ; Ayyadevara, Srinivas. / Extreme-longevity mutations orchestrate silencing of multiple signaling pathways. In: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta - General Subjects. 2009 ; Vol. 1790, No. 10. pp. 1075-1083.
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