UMMS Affiliation

Program in Systems Biology; Program in Molecular Medicine

Publication Date

2013-10-01

Document Type

Article

Disciplines

Bacteria | Biochemical Phenomena, Metabolism, and Nutrition | Genetics | Molecular Biology | Molecular, Genetic, and Biochemical Nutrition | Molecular Genetics | Pathogenic Microbiology | Systems Biology

Abstract

C. elegans, both in the wild and in the lab, live on a diet of live bacteria. The bacterial diet provides nutrients for C. elegans, but can also play a number of other roles in C. elegans physiology. Recently, we compared the effects of different bacterial diets on life history traits and gene expression. Here, we discuss our recent findings in the context of other dietary studies and highlight challenges in understanding dietary effects. For instance, since bacteria can be pathogenic it can be difficult to disentangle pathogenic from dietary effects. Here we summarize different bacterial diets used for C. elegans and how they affect the animal.

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DOI of Published Version

10.4161/worm.26454

Source

MacNeil LT, Walhout AJ. Food, pathogen, signal: The multifaceted nature of a bacterial diet. Worm 2013; 2:e26454; http://dx.doi.org/10.4161/worm.26454. Link to article on publisher's site

Journal/Book/Conference Title

Worm

Related Resources

Link to Article in PubMed

PubMed ID

24744980

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