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Trends Genet. 1998 Jan;14(1):14-20.

Molecular genetics of life span in C. elegans: how much does it teach us?

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Department of Biology, McGill University, Montréal, Québec, Canada.


Several loci have been identified in the nematode worm Caenorhabditis elegans that, when mutated, can increase life span. Three of these genes, age-1, daf-2 and clk-1, have now been cloned. Mutations in these three genes are highly pleiotropic and affect many aspects of worm development and behaviour, age-1 and daf-2 act in the same genetic pathway and have similar effects on the worm, age-1 encodes a homologue of the p110 subunit of phosphatidylinositol 3-kinase and daf-2 encodes an insulin receptor family member, clk-1 encodes a protein of unknown biochemical function similar to the yeast metabolic regulator Cat5p/Coq7p. The implications of these findings for our understanding of organismal ageing are discussed.

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