Matt Crook

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How any complex trait has evolved is a fascinating question, yet the evolution of parasitism among the nematodes is arguably one of the most arresting. How did free-living nematodes cross that seemingly insurmountable evolutionary chasm between soil dwelling and survival inside another organism? Which of the many finely honed responses to the varied and(More)
DAF-7 is the ligand of the TGF-β pathway that, in conjunction with the insulin-like and guanylyl cyclase pathways, controls entry into dauer development in Caenorhabditis elegans. Proposed orthologues of Ce-daf-7 have been identified in several species of parasitic nematodes and demonstrate an expression pattern that is consistent between parasitic nematode(More)
TRPV ion channels are directly activated by sensory stimuli and participate in thermo-, mechano- and chemo-sensation. They are also hypothesized to respond to endogenous agonists that would modulate sensory responses. Here, we show that the nicotinamide (NAM) form of vitamin B3 is an agonist of a Caenorhabditis elegans TRPV channel. Using heterologous(More)
Identification of pro-cell survival signaling pathways has implications for cancer, cardiovascular, and neurodegenerative disease. We show that the Caenorhabditis elegans epidermal growth factor receptor LET-23 (LET-23 EGFR) has a prosurvival function in counteracting excitotoxicity, and we identify novel molecular players required for this prosurvival(More)
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