The Rheb-TORC1 signaling axis functions as a developmental checkpoint. Academic Article uri icon


  • In many eukaryotes, the small GTPase Rheb functions as a switch to toggle activity of TOR complex 1 (TORC1) between anabolism and catabolism, thus controlling lifespan, development and autophagy. Our CRISPR-generated, fluorescently tagged endogenous Caenorhabditis elegans RHEB-1 and DAF-15/Raptor are expressed ubiquitously and localize to lysosomes. LET-363/TOR and DAF-15/Raptor are required for development beyond the third larval stage (L3). We observed that deletion of RHEB-1 similarly conferred L3 arrest. Unexpectedly, robust RNAi-mediated depletion of TORC1 components caused arrest at stages prior to L3. Accordingly, conditional depletion of endogenous DAF-15/Raptor in the soma revealed that TORC1 is required at each stage of the life cycle to progress to the next stage. Reversal of DAF-15 depletion permits arrested animals to recover to continue development. Our results are consistent with TORC1 functioning as a developmental checkpoint that governs the decision of the animal to progress through development.

published proceedings

  • Development

altmetric score

  • 5

author list (cited authors)

  • Duong, T., Rasmussen, N. R., Ballato, E., Mote, F. S., & Reiner, D. J.

citation count

  • 15

complete list of authors

  • Duong, Tam||Rasmussen, Neal R||Ballato, Elliot||Mote, F Sefakor||Reiner, David J

publication date

  • March 2020