Structural and Functional Conservation of the Caenorhabditis elegans Timing Gene clk-1

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Science  14 Feb 1997:
Vol. 275, Issue 5302, pp. 980-983
DOI: 10.1126/science.275.5302.980

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Mutations in the Caenorhabditis elegans gene clk-1 affect biological timing and extend longevity. The gene clk-1 was identified, and the cloned gene complemented the clk-1 phenotypes and restored normal longevity. The CLK-1 protein was found to be conserved among eukaryotes, including humans, and structurally similar to the yeast metabolic regulator Cat5p (also called Coq7p). These proteins contain a tandem duplication of a core 82-residue domain. clk-1 complemented the phenotype of cat5/coq7 null mutants, demonstrating that clk-1 and CAT5/COQ7 share biochemical function and that clk-1 acts at the level of cellular physiology.

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