Mitochondrial oxidative phosphorylation is defective in the long-lived mutant clk-1.

The long-lived mutant of Caenorhabditis elegans, clk-1, is unable to synthesize ubiquinone, CoQ(9). Instead, the mutant accumulates demethoxyubiquinone(9) and small amounts of rhodoquinone(9) as well as dietary CoQ(8). We found a profound defect in oxidative phosphorylation, a test of integrated mitochondrial function, in clk-1 mitochondria fueled by NADH… (More)