rol-6 and dpy-10C. elegans mutants have normal mitochondrial function after normalizing to delayed development.
Collagen mutations are commonly used in the creation of Caenorhabditis elegans transgenic strains, but their secondary effects are not fully characterized . We compared the mitochondrial function of N2, dpy-10, rol-6, and PE255 C. elegans . N2 worms exhibited ~2-fold greater volume, mitochondrial DNA copy number, and nuclear DNA copy number than collagen mutants (p<0.05). Whole-worm respirometry and ATP levels were higher in N2 worms, but differences in respirometry largely disappeared after normalization to mitochondrial DNA copy number. This data suggests that rol-6 and dpy-10 mutants are developmentally delayed but have comparable mitochondrial function to N2 worms once the data is normalized to developmental stage.