The daf-2 gene encodes an insulin-like growth factor/IGF-1 receptor that regulates C. elegans embryonic and larval development. It has previously been shown that DAF-2 inhibits neurite regeneration of the GABAergic motor neurons and PVD sensory neurons in an age-dependent fashion (Bryne et al., 2014; Kravtsov et al., 2017). Following injury, the posterior lateral microtubule (PLM) neurons are capable of regenerating through axonal fusion, a highly efficient regrowth mechanism in which separated fragments fuse back together (Ghosh-Roy et al., 2010; Neumann et al., 2011; Neumann et al. 2015; Abay et al., 2017). We previously established that a critical event for axonal fusion to occur is the exposure of injury-induced phosphatidylserine (PS) ‘save-me’ signals (Neumann et al., 2015). The level of PS exposed increases with advancing age (Abay et al., 2017). To determine if daf-2 is involved in this age-dependent modulation of PS exposure, we visualised and quantified the level of PS exposed after PLM axotomy using a secreted, tagged version of Annexin V (Neumann et al., 2011; Mapes et al., 2012; Neumann et al. 2015). Mutation of daf-2 had no effect on PS exposure 1 h post-axotomy, with no significant differences observed on either the distal or proximal axon segments (Table 1).
One-day-old adult hermaphrodites were used for all experiments, and were grown under standard conditions at 20°C. The BXN301 [daf-2(e1370); smIs95(Phsp-16.2::sAnxV::mRFP); zdIs5(Pmec-4::GFP)] strain was used along with the CU4204 [smIs95(Phsp-16.2::sAnxV::mRFP); zdIs5(Pmec-4::GFP)] control strain. The daf-2(e1370) allele has been considered temperature sensitive for the dauer phenotype, but not for the long-lived phenotype. At 20°C, daf-2(e1370) animals display a greater than 2-fold increase in lifespan compared to the wild-type (Kenyon et al., 1993). Laser axotomy, microscopy and quantification of data was performed as previously described (Abay et al 2017).
We thank Ding Xue for sharing strains.
This work was supported by National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Project Grant 1101974.
Reviewed ByRachid El Bejjani
HistoryReceived: November 10, 2017
Accepted: November 26, 2017
Published: December 1, 2017