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Accession IconGSE42689

mek-1 and mlk-1 in fed or fasted condition

Organism Icon Caenorhabditis elegans
Sample Icon 10 Downloadable Samples
Technology Badge Icon Affymetrix C. elegans Genome Array (celegans)

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Intermittent fasting is one of the most effective dietary restriction regimens that extend life-span in C. elegans and mammals. Fasting-stimulus responses are key to the longevity response; however, the mechanisms that sense and transduce fasting-stimulus have remained largely unknown. Through a comprehensive transcriptome analysis in C. elegans, we have found that along with the FOXO transcription factor DAF-16, AP-1 (JUN-1/FOS-1) plays a central role in fasting-induced transcriptional changes. KGB-1, one of the C. elegans JNKs, acted as an activator of AP-1, and was activated in response to fasting. KGB-1 and AP-1 were involved in intermittent fasting-induced longevity. Fasting-induced upregulation of the components of the SCF E3 ubiquitin ligase complex via AP-1 and DAF-16 enhanced protein ubiquitination, and reduced protein carbonylation. Our results have thus identified a fasting-responsive KGB-1/AP-1 signaling pathway, which, together with DAF-16, causes transcriptional changes that mediate longevity partly through regulating proteostasis.
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