Screening of Caenorhabditis elegans genes possibly involved in the mitochondrial genome maintenance was performed using our previous validated method of RNAi combined with ethidium bromide. This was to knock down C. elegans genes homologous to yeast genes known to be involved in mtDNA stability but of unknown molecular function or to identify transient components that could play important role on the stability of mtDNA in a temporal and/or spatial manner. C. elegans homologs for 11 genes among 27 yeast genes for which deletion leads to a rho0 state were found, however, only 5 genes were present in the RNAi library. Out of these 5 genes, 1 gene (homolog of GEM1) gave a clear L3 arrest on RNAi and ethidium bromide indicating its involvement on mtDNA stability. Four other genes homologs of MTG2, YER087W, AVL9 and RRG3 did not lead to L3 arrest even though their deletion in Saccharomyces cerevisiae leads to rho0 state. Although MTG2 has been reported to be important in the function and structure on mtDNA stability in yeast, our results did not support those findings in C. elegans. The human homolog of this gene (MIRO1) can be considered as a candidate gene involved in mtDNA stability and sequenced in patients with mtDNA depletion diseases.
Key words: mtDNA, Caenorhabditis elegans, nucleoid, RNAi, candidate genes, homolog, MIRO1.
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