Analyzing modifiers of protein aggregation in C. elegans by native agarose gel electrophoresis

Holmberg, M. & Nollen, E. A. A., 20-Apr-2013, Tandem Repeats in Genes, Proteins, and Disease. Hatters, D. M. & Hannan, A. J. (eds.). Humana Press, Vol. 1017. p. 193-199 7 p. (Methods in Molecular Biology; vol. 1017).

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The accumulation of specific aggregation-prone proteins during aging is thought to be involved in several diseases, most notably Alzheimer's and Parkinson's disease as well as polyglutamine expansion disorders such as Huntington's disease. Caenorhabditis elegans disease models with transgenic expression of fluorescently tagged aggregation-prone proteins have been used to screen for genetic modifiers of aggregation. To establish the role of modifying factors in the generation of aggregation intermediates, a method has been developed using native agarose gel electrophoresis (NAGE) that enables parallel screening of aggregation patterns of fluorescently labeled aggregation-prone proteins. Together with microscopy-based genetic screens this method can be used to identify modifiers of protein aggregation and characterize their molecular function. Although described here for analyzing aggregates in C. elegans, NAGE can be adjusted for use in other model organisms as well as for cultured cells.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationTandem Repeats in Genes, Proteins, and Disease
EditorsDanny M. Hatters, Anthony J. Hannan
PublisherHumana Press
Number of pages7
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-62703-438-8
ISBN (Print)978-1-62703-437-1
Publication statusPublished - 20-Apr-2013

Publication series

NameMethods in Molecular Biology
PublisherHumana Press
ISSN (Print)1064-3745


  • Animals, Animals, Genetically Modified, Caenorhabditis elegans, Caenorhabditis elegans Proteins, Disease Models, Animal, Electrophoresis, Agar Gel, Heredodegenerative Disorders, Nervous System, Humans, Journal Article, Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

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