Despite the vast differences in maximal lifespan across species some of the mechanisms that control lifespan are evolutionary conserved;
The aim of this proposal is to identify and characterize novel mechanisms of lifespan extension that display evolutionary conservation. The long-term goal of this project is acertain the genetic mechanisms in place that regulate the aging process in mammals. The first specific aim examines four genes identified in a RNAi screten for increased lifespan. These four genes aside from increasing adult lifespan postdevelopmentally also misregulate the germline/soma cell type specificity. This phenotype although previously undeseribed is shared with known regulators of lifespan and may contribute to both the increased lifespan and enhanced resistance to stress.
Specific aim 2 utilizes a classical genetic screen to identify new regulators in three pathways that influence lifespan in C. elegans. A pilot study has identified 22 genetic mutants that regulate the worms response to three distinct pathways which when reduced in function increase mean adult lifespan. Despite the diversity in these cellular pathways a subset of these mutants regulate all three mechanisms, and may represent master regulators of lifespan. Mapping and characterization of these gehelic mutants will identify novel regulators of C. elegans longevity. Finally, 64 genis were previously identified in a post-developmentar RNAi screen for increased lifespan in C. elegans. More than 90% of these genes are conserved from yeast to man.
Specific aim 3 will characterize the orthologs of these genes in fly and mouse, v/hich may reveal conserved mechanisms of lifespan extension. We will test the ability of the mammalian orthologs to rescue the joss of function phenotype in the worm. Using GFP reporters in the worm along with bioinformatic and RT-PCR expression analysis of the mouse orthologs we wiN compare the tissues where these novel lifespan regulators function. Using these criteria we will pick our best candidates for conserved longevity regulators and test post-developmental khoekdown in the fly and targeted temporal/tissue specific disruptions in the mouse.

Public Health Relevance

Results from this study are important for public health as with age comes an increased incidence of disease and this study will provide insight into essential cellular pathways that regulate lifespan as well as answer many fundamental questions in cell biology.

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National Institute on Aging (NIA)
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Dalton, Hans M; Curran, Sean P (2018) Hypodermal responses to protein synthesis inhibition induce systemic developmental arrest and AMPK-dependent survival in Caenorhabditis elegans. PLoS Genet 14:e1007520
Lo, Jacqueline Y; Spatola, Brett N; Curran, Sean P (2017) WDR23 regulates NRF2 independently of KEAP1. PLoS Genet 13:e1006762
Pradhan, Ajay; Hammerquist, Amy M; Khanna, Akshat et al. (2017) The C-Box Region of MAF1 Regulates Transcriptional Activity and Protein Stability. J Mol Biol 429:192-207
Yen, Chia An; Curran, Sean P (2016) Gene-diet interactions and aging in C. elegans. Exp Gerontol 86:106-112
Lynn, Dana A; Dalton, Hans M; Sowa, Jessica N et al. (2015) Omega-3 and -6 fatty acids allocate somatic and germline lipids to ensure fitness during nutrient and oxidative stress in Caenorhabditis elegans. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A 112:15378-83
Pang, Shanshan; Lynn, Dana A; Lo, Jacqueline Y et al. (2014) SKN-1 and Nrf2 couples proline catabolism with lipid metabolism during nutrient deprivation. Nat Commun 5:5048
Pang, Shanshan; Curran, Sean P (2014) Adaptive capacity to bacterial diet modulates aging in C. elegans. Cell Metab 19:221-31
Khanna, Akshat; Johnson, Deborah L; Curran, Sean P (2014) Physiological roles for mafr-1 in reproduction and lipid homeostasis. Cell Rep 9:2180-91
Pang, Shanshan; Curran, Sean P (2012) Longevity and the long arm of epigenetics: acquired parental marks influence lifespan across several generations. Bioessays 34:652-4
Tacutu, Robi; Shore, David E; Budovsky, Arie et al. (2012) Prediction of C. elegans longevity genes by human and worm longevity networks. PLoS One 7:e48282

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