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J Vis Exp. 2009 May 12;(27). pii: 1152. doi: 10.3791/1152.

Measuring Caenorhabditis elegans life span on solid media.

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Department of Pathology, University of Washington, Seattle, WA, USA.

Abstract

Aging is a degenerative process characterized by a progressive deterioration of cellular components and organelles resulting in mortality. The nematode Caenorhabditis elegans has emerged as a principal model used to study the biology of aging. Because virtually every biological subsystem undergoes functional decline with increasing age, life span is the primary endpoint of interest when considering total rate of aging. In nematodes, life span is typically defined as the number of days an animal remains responsive to external stimuli. Nematodes can be propagated either in liquid media or on solid media in plates, and techniques have been developed for measuring life span under both conditions. Here we present a generalized protocol for measuring life span of nematodes maintained on solid nematode growth media and fed a diet of UV-killed bacteria. These procedures can easily be adapted to assay life span under various common conditions, including a diet consisting of live bacteria, dietary restriction, and RNA interference.

PMID:
19488025
PMCID:
PMC2794294
DOI:
10.3791/1152
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