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Sci Data. 2018 Oct 23;5:180231. doi: 10.1038/sdata.2018.231.

Lipid profiling of C. elegans strains administered pro-longevity drugs and drug combinations.

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Department of Biochemistry, Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, National University of Singapore, Singapore, Singapore.
Department of Biochemistry, College of Medicine and Health Science, University of Gondar, Gondar, Ethiopia.
Science Division, Yale-NUS College, Singapore, Singapore.
Singapore Lipidomics Incubator, Life Sciences Institute, National University of Singapore, Singapore, Singapore.


We report the effect of four lifespan modifying drugs and of synergistic combinations of these drugs on lipid profile in Caenorhabditis elegans. We employ ultra-high performance liquid chromatography-mass spectrometry (UHPLC-MS) to compare the abundance of lipid species in treated and control animals. Adult nematodes were treated with rapamycin, rifampicin, psora-4 and allantoin and combinations of these compounds and the resulting change in lipid profiles, specifically in those of triacylglycerol (TAG), phosphatidylcholine (PC) and phosphatidylethanolamine (PE) were determined. We quantified changes resulting from treatment with the drug combinations relative to untreated controls and relative to animals treated with each constituent single drugs. We further determined the dependence of changes in lipid profiles on genes known to affect lipid metabolism using strains carrying mutations in these pathways. In particular, we determined lipid profiles in a genetic model of caloric restriction (eat-2), a strain lacking homolog of TGFβ (daf-7) and in a strain lacking the SREBP/sbp-1 transcription factor.

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