Worm Breeder's Gazette 16(3): 32 (June 1, 2000)

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An attempt to slow aging in C. elegans. 15. no effect of rifampicin

Vladimir V. Bakaev1,2

1 Box 45, Novosibirsk, 630107, Russia
2 E-mail: bakaev@online.nsk.su

The purpose of this study was to investigate the effect of different concentrations of rifampicin in water solutions on nematode life span. In this experiment rifampicin was used in following dilutions: 1:104, 1:105, 1:106, 1:107, 1:108, 1:109 and 1:1010. Three adult animals (3 - 5 days old) were kept in microtitre wells containing 0,75 ml of liquid medium (with E. coli and without rifampicin) during 4 hours, then they were discarded and newborn larvae were transferred in next wells (with rifampicin in any concentration) every day (one worm in one well) beginning from third day. This investigation was carried out in temperature +210C and in the darkness.

The obtained results are presented in the following table.

 

Concentration of rifampicin

n

Longevity (days)

Mean S.E.

maximal

Control

12

12,17 1,42

18

1:104

12

10,08 1,12

17

1:105

12

11,83 1,12

16

1:106

12

11,75 1,61

26

1:107

12

12,42 1,26

18

1:108

12

12,50 1,25

18

1:109

12

14,00 1,27

18

1:1010

12

14,27 1,58

23

 

Conclusion: If rifampicin solution was applied to C. elegans, it was not able to increase their mean as well as maximal longevity in comparison with control.

Acknowledgment: The author wishes to express his thanks to CGC for providing C. elegans (Bristol, N2) and E. coli OP50.