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Neurobiol Aging 1999 Sep-Oct;20(5):503-12


The spe-10 mutant has longer life and increased stress resistance.


Cypser JR, Johnson TE

Institute for Behavioral Genetics, University of Colorado, Boulder 80309-0447, USA.


We investigated the life span of spe-10 mutant nematodes. We also tested resistance of spe-10 mutants to ultraviolet (UV) light, heat, and paraquat and examined the relationship between resistance to UV light and the fertility defect of these animals. The spe-10 mutation significantly increased mean life span. Additionally, the mutation significantly increased resistance to both UV light and to heat. Resistance to paraquat was not significantly different from that of wild-type, nor were any dauers formed at 27 degrees C. No significant correlation was found between the UV resistance and the fertility defect, nor was the UV resistance attributable to a hormetic effect. These results reinforce the importance of stress resistance in specifying increased life span and indirectly suggest that this fertility defect is not a direct cause of life span extension