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Open accessJournal ArticleDOI: 10.1080/19336934.2015.1079361

Effect of semolina-jaggery diet on survival and development of Drosophila melanogaster.

07 Aug 2015-Fly (Fly (Austin))-Vol. 9, Iss: 1, pp 16-21
Abstract: Drosophila melanogaster is an ideal model organism for developmental studies. This study tests the potential of semolina-jaggery (SJ) diet as a new formulation for bulk rearing of flies. Semolina and jaggery are organic products obtained from wheat endosperm and cane sugar, respectively. Semolina is a rich source of carbohydrates and protein. Jaggery has a high content of dietary sugars. Moreover, preparation of semolina jaggery diet is cost-effective and easy. Thus, the current study aimed to compare survival and developmental parameters of flies fed the SJ diet to flies fed the standard cornmeal-sugar-yeast (CSY) diet. SJ diet enhanced survival of flies without affecting fecundity; male flies showed increased resistance to starvation. A higher number of flies emerged at F2 and F3 generation when fed the SJ diet than when fed the control CSY diet. SJ diet did not increase fly body weight and lipid percentage. Therefore, SJ diet can be used for bulk rearing of healthy flies at par with the standard cornmeal-sugar-yeast diet. more


Open accessJournal ArticleDOI: 10.1007/S11357-019-00135-6
Priyanka Kharat1, Priyanka Sarkar1, S. Mouliganesh1, Vaibhav Tiwary1  +6 moreInstitutions (1)
01 Feb 2020-
Abstract: Wild-type Canton-S flies of Drosophila melanogaster were treated with ellagic acid at 100 μM and 200 μM concentrations. Longevity assay showed male flies fed with 200 μM ellagic acid displayed longer mean lifespan and maximum lifespan than control flies. Female flies fed with 200 μM ellagic acid laid less number of eggs than control. The eclosion time was less in female flies fed with 200 μM ellagic acid. Ellagic acid fed female flies performed better than male flies and control flies for heat shock tolerance and starvation stress. Male flies treated with 100 μM ellagic acid recovered faster from cold shock compared with control flies. Male and female flies treated with ellagic acid displayed increased survival following exposure to 5% hydrogen peroxide. Gene expression studies displayed upregulated expressions of CAT, dFOXO, ATG1, and SOD2 in ellagic acid–treated male flies, and upregulated expressions of dFOXO, CAT, and SOD2 in ellagic acid–treated female flies. Results from these studies show the pro-longevity effect of ellagic acid on Drosophila melanogaster. more

Topics: Ellagic acid (60%)

6 Citations

Open accessJournal ArticleDOI: 10.1007/S12031-021-01875-X
Abstract: The process of ageing accompanies several metabolic diseases. With ageing, fats accumulate to increase the visceral and abdominal adiposity leading to hyperinsulinemia, insulin resistance, obesity and several other diseases. Drosophila melanogaster is often used to study the ageing process and its related disorders. Therefore, in this study, we performed an in silico analysis to relate the process of ageing and insulin resistance. We analysed the data of insulin-resistant Drosophila from the GEO database and compared it with the data from the literature survey. We observed that 98 genes were common in both the models, and they showed gene modulations related to metabolic pathways, fatty acid metabolism, insulin resistance and neural receptor-ligand binding pathways. Analysis of the REACTOME database against human data revealed that the TRKB signalling pathway is commonly affected. The TRKB-mediated BDNF pathway is a major regulator of memory loss. We further analysed the common genes in Alzheimer's disease and compared the fly data with human data to identify the diseases related to these common genes. Then, we performed a literature survey to provide protective mechanisms for the TRKB signalling pathway activation, mediated through polyphenols. We treated the flies with sesamol-conjugated lipoic acid derivative (a phenolic compound) at hormetic doses to evaluate its effect on the memory of flies. more

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  • Table 1 The genes that were observed to be differentially expressed among the ageing ies and the high-sugar fed insulin-resistant obese ies are listed here as the
    Table 1 The genes that were observed to be differentially expressed among the ageing ies and the high-sugar fed insulin-resistant obese ies are listed here as the
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Topics: Literature survey (54%), Insulin resistance (54%), Ageing (53%)

1 Citations

Open access
30 Jun 2021-
Abstract: Parkinson’s disease (PD) and dementia with Lewy bodies have several commonalities including neurochemical, morphological and clinical features as well as widespread of cortical and limbic α-synuclein and amyloid-β pathologies. Thus, we evaluated the action of hesperidin on α-synuclein and amyloid-β-induced neurodegeneration in Drosophila melanogaster. The disease causing human Aβ peptide or α- synuclein was expressed respectively, in Elav-GAL4 (pan-neuronally) and dopaminergic neurons (ddc-GAL4) using the UAS-GAL4 system. Flies were either grown on food media supplemented with or without hesperidin (HSD) (1, 5, or 10mM). Behavioral assays were carried to investigate the effect of treatment on fecundity, larval motility, climbing ability and lifespan. Aβ>Elav or α-syn>DDC caused significant decrease in fecundity, larva contraction, motility, survival rate, and climbing activities in flies indicative of neurodegeneration. However, supplementation of flies’ media with hesperidin (1mM, 5mM and 10mM) showed a dose-dependent increase in the number of line crosses in the egg laying, larva motility, climbing activity in comparison with flies grown on food media only. Conversely, supplementation of fly feed with HSD caused no significant change in lifespan. Findings from this experiment showed that hesperidin could be a potential neuroprotective agent in the amelioration of PD and AD pathogenesis more

Topics: Hesperidin (53%), Synuclein (52%), Neurodegeneration (52%) more

Journal ArticleDOI: 10.2174/1389557520666200429101942
Abstract: It is expected that in 2050, there will be more than 20% of senior citizens aged over 60 years worldwide. Such alarming statistics require immediate attention to improve the health of the aging population. Since aging is closely related to the loss of antioxidant defense mechanisms, this situation eventually leads to numerous health problems, including fertility reduction. Furthermore, plant extracts have been used in traditional medicine as potent antioxidant sources. Although many experiments had reported the impact of various bioactive compounds on aging or fertility, there is a lack of review papers that combine both subjects. In this review, we have collected and discussed various bioactive compounds from 26 different plant species known to affect both longevity and fertility. These compounds, including phenolics and terpenes, are mostly involved in the antioxidant defense mechanisms of diverse organisms such as rats, mites, fruit flies, roundworms, and even roosters. A human clinical trial should be considered in the future to measure the effects of these bioactive compounds on human health and longevity. Ultimately, these plant-derived compounds could be developed into health supplements or potential medical drugs to ensure a healthy aging population. more

Topics: Population (55%), Bioactive compound (51%)

Open accessBook
01 Dec 1989-
Abstract: Drosophila Neurobiology-Bing Zhang 2010 Based on Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory's long-running course, Drosophila Neurobiology: A Laboratory Manual offers detailed protocols and background material for researchers interested in using Drosophila as an experimental model for investigating the nervous system. This manual covers three approaches to the field: analysis of neural development, recording and imaging activities in the nervous system, and analysis of behavior. Techniques described include molecular, genetic, electrophysiological, imaging, behavioral and developmental methods. more

Topics: Drosophila (subgenus) (55%)

1,998 Citations

Open accessJournal ArticleDOI: 10.1073/PNAS.0710787105
Abstract: Modest dietary restriction (DR) prolongs life in a wide range of organisms, spanning single-celled yeast to mammals. Here, we report the use of recent techniques in nutrition research to quantify the detailed relationship between diet, nutrient intake, lifespan, and reproduction in Drosophila melanogaster. Caloric restriction (CR) was not responsible for extending lifespan in our experimental flies. Response surfaces for lifespan and fecundity were maximized at different protein–carbohydrate intakes, with longevity highest at a protein-to-carbohydrate ratio of 1:16 and egg-laying rate maximized at 1:2. Lifetime egg production, the measure closest to fitness, was maximized at an intermediate P:C ratio of 1:4. Flies offered a choice of complementary foods regulated intake to maximize lifetime egg production. The results indicate a role for both direct costs of reproduction and other deleterious consequences of ingesting high levels of protein. We unite a body of apparently conflicting work within a common framework and provide a platform for studying aging in all organisms. more

788 Citations

Open accessBook
01 Jan 1989-

526 Citations

Open accessJournal Article
E. Van Handel1Institutions (1)
Abstract: Total lipids in individual mosquitoes can be determined by extraction with chloroform-methanol followed by reaction with sulfuric acid and a vanillin-phosphoric acid reagent. By subtracting the lipids determined in a starved population, the method is suitable to establish variations of lipid reserves in field populations. more

Topics: Population (53%)

481 Citations

Open accessJournal ArticleDOI: 10.1016/J.CELL.2005.01.026
25 Feb 2005-Cell
Abstract: A cost of reproduction, where lifespan and fecundity are negatively correlated, is of widespread occurrence. Mutations in insulin/IGF signaling (IIS) pathways and dietary restriction (DR) can extend lifespan in model organisms but do not always reduce fecundity, suggesting that the link between lifespan and fecundity is not inevitable. Understanding the molecular basis of the cost of reproduction will be informed by elucidation of the mechanisms by which DR and IIS affect these two traits. more

Topics: Fecundity (52%)

405 Citations