Ceramide treatment

Hi everyone,

I am looking to treat my worms with ceramide, but I could not find helpful or detailed information in the literature. I was wondering if anyone here has experience with this?

My phenotypes are age-dependent, so the easiest way I think would be to put it in the plates. However, these these lipids are usually dissolved in chloroform:methanol so I worry about any negative effects on the worms this may have.

Thank you, and any suggestions will be helpful.

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This is issue that was addressed in, “Starvation-Induced Stress Response Is Critically Impacted by Ceramide Levels in Caenorhabditis elegans”

I’ve pasted an extract below. You can retrieve other relevant papers by searching “ceramide” at http://www.textpresso.org/cgi-bin/wb/tfw.cgi
Switch on Advanced Search Options and restrict to “materials”. I hope this helps.

Short fatty acyl chain ceramides (C6 and C8) are soluble in DMSO, but are toxic to animals in high concentrations, and may not be physiologically relevant. The long-acyl chain ceramides (C16–25) are insoluble in either DMSO or aqueous solution, rendering dietary supplement analysis difficult. Indeed, we failed to rescue the L1 starvation survival of either sptl-2(lf) or CerS(rf) mutants with dietary supplementation of ceramides containing various lengths of fatty acyl chains. In contrast, the sphingoid bases (sphinganine), which are ceramide precursors and downstream products of the serine palmitoyltransferase, have better solubility in DMSO and aqueous solution. In C. elegans, the majority of sphingoid bases are derived from monomethyl branched-chain fatty acids (C15ISO and C17ISO) (Zhu et al. 2013). We then examined dietary supplementation with a custom synthesized d17iso-SPA (sphinganine), and found it was able to partially rescue the L1 starvation survival of sptl-2(lf) (Figure 2, B and C). This result may also suggest that intestinal ceramides play prominent roles in promoting starvation survival.

I agree with your guess, because I dissolved the ceramide compound in the proper concentration of methanol and added it to THE NGM, and found that the worms developed a massive rigor mortis, so I speculated that this might be related to the toxicity of methanol