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Author (up) Biron, D.; Shibuya, M.; Gabel, C.; Wasserman, S.M.; Clark, D.A.; Brown, A.; Sengupta, P.; Samuel, A.D.T. file  url
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  Title A diacylglycerol kinase modulates long-term thermotactic behavioral plasticity in C. elegans Type Journal Article
  Year 2006 Publication Nature Neuroscience Abbreviated Journal Nat Neurosci  
  Volume 9 Issue 12 Pages 1499-1505  
  Keywords Animals; Association Learning/physiology; Behavior, Animal/*physiology; Body Temperature Regulation/physiology; Caenorhabditis elegans/*enzymology/genetics; Caenorhabditis elegans Proteins/genetics/*metabolism; Diacylglycerol Kinase/genetics/*metabolism; Gene Expression Profiling; Mutation; Neurons/enzymology; Thermosensing/*physiology  
  Abstract A memory of prior thermal experience governs Caenorhabditis elegans thermotactic behavior. On a spatial thermal gradient, C. elegans tracks isotherms near a remembered temperature we call the thermotactic set-point (T(S)). The T(S) corresponds to the previous cultivation temperature and can be reset by sustained exposure to a new temperature. The mechanisms underlying this behavioral plasticity are unknown, partly because sensory and experience-dependent components of thermotactic behavior have been difficult to separate. Using newly developed quantitative behavioral analyses, we demonstrate that the T(S) represents a weighted average of a worm's temperature history. We identify the DGK-3 diacylglycerol kinase as a thermal memory molecule that regulates the rate of T(S) resetting by modulating the temperature range of synaptic output, but not temperature sensitivity, of the AFD thermosensory neurons. These results provide the first mechanistic insight into the basis of experience-dependent plasticity in this complex behavior.  
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Author (up) Thacker, C.; Rose, A.M. file  url
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  Title A look at the Caenorhabditis elegans Kex2/Subtilisin-like proprotein convertase family Type Journal Article
  Year 2000 Publication BioEssays : News and Reviews in Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology Abbreviated Journal Bioessays  
  Volume 22 Issue 6 Pages 545-553  
  Keywords Animals; Caenorhabditis elegans/*enzymology/genetics; Genes, Helminth; Humans; Multigene Family; Mutation; Phylogeny; *Proprotein Convertases; *Saccharomyces cerevisiae Proteins; Subtilisins/chemistry/genetics/*metabolism  
  Abstract Significant advances have recently been made in our understanding of the mechanisms of activation of proteins that require processing. Often this involves endoproteolytic cleavage of precursor forms at basic residues, and is carried out by a group of serine endoproteinases, termed the proprotein convertases. In mammals, seven different convertases have been identified to date. These act in both the regulated secretory pathway for the processing of prohormones and proneuropeptides and in the constitutive secretory pathway, in which a variety of proproteins are activated endoproteolytically. The recently completed sequence of the nematode Caenorhabditis elegans genome affords a unique opportunity to examine the entire proprotein convertase family in a multicellular organism. Here we review the nature of the family, emphasising the structural features, characteristic of the four nematode genes, that supply all of the necessary functions unique to this group of serine endoproteinases. Studies of the C. elegans genes not only provide important information about the evaluation of this gene family but should help to illuminate the roles of these proteins in mammalian systems. BioEssays 22:545-553, 2000.  
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