Fast Functional Germline and Epigenetic Assays in the Nematode Caenorhabditis elegans

  • Zachary Lundby
  • Jessica Camacho
  • Patrick AllardEmail author
Part of the Methods in Molecular Biology book series (MIMB, volume 1473)


Germ cells are unique in their ability to transfer traits and genetic information from one generation to the next. The proper development and integrity of their genome are therefore of utmost importance for the health of organisms and survival of species. Many features of mammalian germ cells, including their long development span and difficulty of access, present challenges for their study in the context of toxicity assays. In light of these barriers, the model system Caenorhabditis elegans shows great potential given its ease of manipulation and genetic tractability which can be easily adapted for high-throughput analysis. In this chapter, we discuss the advantages of examining germ cell processes in C. elegans, and describe three functional germline assays for the examination of chemical impact on germline maintenance and function including assays probing germ cell differentiation, germline apoptosis, and germline epigenetic regulation.

Key words

C. elegans Germline Meiosis Toxicity Apoptosis 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Zachary Lundby
    • 1
  • Jessica Camacho
    • 1
  • Patrick Allard
    • 2
    Email author
  1. 1.Society & Genetics, Environmental Health Sciences, and Molecular Toxicology Inter-Departmental ProgramUniversity of California Los AngelesLos AngelesUSA
  2. 2.The Allard LaboratoryUniversity of California, Los AngelesLos AngelesUSA

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