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Caenorhabditis elegans as a Model in Studying Physiological Changes Following Heart Failure

Asian Journal of Biological and Life Sciences,2021,10,3,522-526.
Type:Review Article
Author(s) affiliations:

John Sylvester B Nas1,2

1Department of Biology, College of Arts and Sciences, University of the Philippines-Manila, Manila, PHILIPPINES.

2Department of Medical Technology, Institute of Arts and Sciences, Far Eastern University, Manila, PHILIPPINES.


For decades, Caenorhabditis elegans (C. elegans) has been at the forefront of various advances in aging, cancer, and neurodegeneration research. Despite the complete sequencing of this nematode’s genome, there are only a few attempts of using C. elegans in studying the circulatory system and other related physiological activities. The absence of the circulatory system poses a significant challenge for researchers to conduct experiments in this organism. In this paper, the association of the heart and pharyngeal muscle in C. elegans was reviewed to illuminate new understanding and propose potential methods in investigating the physiological changes following pathogen-induced heart failure.