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Biochem Biophys Res Commun. 1999 Oct 22;264(2):580-3.

Vitellogenin-6 is a major carbonylated protein in aged nematode, Caenorhabditis elegans.

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Department of Biochemistry, School of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Toho University, Japan.


Recently we found that protein carbonyl content increases with age in wild-type as well as long- and short-lived Caenorhabditis elegans nematodes in inverse correlation with life span (Adachi et al., J. Gerontol. 53A, B240-B244, 1998; Yasuda et al., J. Gerontol. 54A, B47-B51, 1999). In the present study, we investigated carbonyl modification of individual proteins in young and old wild-type nematodes by two-dimensional immunoblot using antibodies against 2, 4-dinitrophenylhydrazones. A protein with apparent molecular weight of 110 kDa was found to be a major carbonylated protein in aged animals. Amino acid sequence of peptide fragments of the protein was identical to that of vitellogenin-6, a yolk protein synthesized in and secreted from the intestine during egg-laying stage. Although the function(s) of the protein in aged nematodes is unclear, we suggest that the protein may have a role to protect other cellular components from oxidation because of its metal binding capacity.

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