Death

Important Papers

[1] Anthranilate Fluorescence Marks a Calcium-Propagated Necrotic Wave That Promotes Organismal Death in C. elegans

  • Cassandra Coburn et al.
  • PLoS Biol 11(7): e1001613. doi:10.1371/journal.pbio.1001613, 2013
  • For cells the passage from life to death can involve a regulated, programmed transition. In contrast to cell death, the mechanisms of systemic collapse underlying organismal death remain poorly understood.
  • Here they present evidence of a cascade of cell death involving the calpain-cathepsin necrosis pathway that can drive organismal death in Caenorhabditis elegans.
  • They report that organismal death is accompanied by a burst of intense blue fluorescence, generated within intestinal cells by the necrotic cell death pathway. Such death fluorescence marks an anterior to posterior wave of intestinal cell death that is accompanied by cytosolic acidosis.
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David Gems, 2nd International Conference - Genetics of Aging and Longevity