Ciona intestinalis NADH dehydrogenase NDX confers stress-resistance and extended lifespan on Drosophila

Dmytro V. Gospodaryov, Oleh V. Lushchak, Bohdana M. Rovenko, Natalia V. Perkhulyn, Mike Gerards, Tea Tuomela, Howard T. Jacobs*

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An assembled cDNA coding for the putative single-subunit NADH dehydrogenase (NDX) of Ciona intestinalis was introduced into Drosophila melanogaster. The encoded protein was found to localize to mitochondria and to confer rotenone-insensitive substrate oxidation in organello. Transgenic flies exhibited increased resistance to menadione, starvation and temperature stress, and manifested a sex and diet-dependent increase in mean lifespan of 20-50%. However, NDX was able only weakly to complement the phenotypes produced by the knockdown of complex I subunits. Published by Elsevier B.V.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1861-1869
JournalBiochimica et Biophysica Acta-bioenergetics
Issue number11
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2014


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