FET proteins regulate lifespan and neuronal integrity

Sci Rep. 2016 Apr 27;6:25159. doi: 10.1038/srep25159.


The FET protein family includes FUS, EWS and TAF15 proteins, all of which have been linked to amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, a fatal neurodegenerative disease affecting motor neurons. Here, we show that a reduction of FET proteins in the nematode Caenorhabditis elegans causes synaptic dysfunction accompanied by impaired motor phenotypes. FET proteins are also involved in the regulation of lifespan and stress resistance, acting partially through the insulin/IGF-signalling pathway. We propose that FET proteins are involved in the maintenance of lifespan, cellular stress resistance and neuronal integrity.

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Astemizole
  • Caenorhabditis elegans / genetics
  • Caenorhabditis elegans / metabolism*
  • Caenorhabditis elegans Proteins / genetics*
  • Caenorhabditis elegans Proteins / metabolism*
  • Insulin / metabolism
  • Longevity*
  • Mutation
  • Neurons / metabolism*
  • Signal Transduction
  • Somatomedins / metabolism
  • Stress, Physiological


  • Caenorhabditis elegans Proteins
  • Insulin
  • Somatomedins
  • Astemizole