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Proteasomal Regulation of the Hypoxic Response Modulates Aging in C. elegans

Science  29 May 2009:
Vol. 324, Issue 5931, pp. 1196-1198
DOI: 10.1126/science.1173507

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Abstract

The Caenorhabditis elegans von Hippel–Lindau tumor suppressor homolog VHL-1 is a cullin E3 ubiquitin ligase that negatively regulates the hypoxic response by promoting ubiquitination and degradation of the hypoxic response transcription factor HIF-1. Here, we report that loss of VHL-1 significantly increased life span and enhanced resistance to polyglutamine and β-amyloid toxicity. Deletion of HIF-1 was epistatic to VHL-1, indicating that HIF-1 acts downstream of VHL-1 to modulate aging and proteotoxicity. VHL-1 and HIF-1 control longevity by a mechanism distinct from both dietary restriction and insulin-like signaling. These findings define VHL-1 and the hypoxic response as an alternative longevity and protein homeostasis pathway.

  • * These authors contributed equally to this work.

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