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Meenakshi Ravichandran, Steffen Priebe, Giovanna Grigolon, Leonid Rozanov, Marco Groth, Beate Laube, Reinhard Guthke, Matthias Platzer, Kim Zarse, Michael Ristow
Whether and how regulation of genes and pathways contributes to physiological aging is topic of intense scientific debate. By performing an RNA expression-based screen for genes downregulated during aging of three different species, we identified glycine-C-acetyltransferase (GCAT, EC Impairing gcat expression promotes the lifespan of C. elegans by interfering with threonine catabolism to promote methylglyoxal (MGO; CAS 78-98-8) formation in an amine oxidase-dependent manner. MGO is a reactive dicarbonyl inducing diabetic complications in mammals by causing oxidative stress and damaging cellular components, including proteins...
March 3, 2018: Cell Metabolism
Xiangying Guan, Alok Upadhyay, Sudipto Munshi, Raj Chakrabarti
Across all families of enzymes, only a dozen or so distinct classes of non-natural small molecule activators have been characterized, with only four known modes of activation among them. All of these modes of activation rely on naturally evolved binding sites that trigger global conformational changes. Among the enzymes that are of greatest interest for small molecule activation are the seven sirtuin enzymes, nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide (NAD+)-dependent protein deacylases that play a central role in the regulation of healthspan and lifespan in organisms ranging from yeast to mammals...
2018: PloS One
Erzsebet Polyak, Julian Ostrovsky, Min Peng, Stephen D Dingley, Mai Tsukikawa, Young Joon Kwon, Shana E McCormack, Michael Bennett, Rui Xiao, Christoph Seiler, Zhe Zhang, Marni J Falk
Oxidative stress is a known contributing factor in mitochondrial respiratory chain (RC) disease pathogenesis. Yet, no efficient means exists to objectively evaluate the comparative therapeutic efficacy or toxicity of different antioxidant compounds empirically used in human RC disease. We postulated that pre-clinical comparative analysis of diverse antioxidant drugs having suggested utility in primary RC disease using animal and cellular models of RC dysfunction may improve understanding of their integrated effects and physiologic mechanisms, and enable prioritization of lead antioxidant molecules to pursue in human clinical trials...
February 23, 2018: Molecular Genetics and Metabolism
Sarah J Mitchell, Michel Bernier, Miguel A Aon, Sonia Cortassa, Eun Young Kim, Evandro F Fang, Hector H Palacios, Ahmed Ali, Ignacio Navas-Enamorado, Andrea Di Francesco, Tamzin A Kaiser, Tyler B Waltz, Ning Zhang, James L Ellis, Peter J Elliott, David W Frederick, Vilhelm A Bohr, Mark S Schmidt, Charles Brenner, David A Sinclair, Anthony A Sauve, Joseph A Baur, Rafael de Cabo
The role in longevity and healthspan of nicotinamide (NAM), the physiological precursor of NAD+ , is elusive. Here, we report that chronic NAM supplementation improves healthspan measures in mice without extending lifespan. Untargeted metabolite profiling of the liver and metabolic flux analysis of liver-derived cells revealed NAM-mediated improvement in glucose homeostasis in mice on a high-fat diet (HFD) that was associated with reduced hepatic steatosis and inflammation concomitant with increased glycogen deposition and flux through the pentose phosphate and glycolytic pathways...
March 6, 2018: Cell Metabolism
Yonghak Seo, Samuel Kingsley, Griffin Walker, Michelle A Mondoux, Heidi A Tissenbaum
As Western diets continue to include an ever-increasing amount of sugar, there has been a rise in obesity and type 2 diabetes. To avoid metabolic diseases, the body must maintain proper metabolism, even on a high-sugar diet. In both humans and Caenorhabditis elegans , excess sugar (glucose) is stored as glycogen. Here, we find that animals increased stored glycogen as they aged, whereas even young adult animals had increased stored glycogen on a high-sugar diet. Decreasing the amount of glycogen storage by modulating the C...
March 6, 2018: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
Timothy A Snider, Arlan Richardson, Julie A Stoner, Sathyaseelan S Deepa
The Geropathology Grading Platform (GGP) that is being developed by the Geropathology Research Network provides a grading system that allows investigators to assess biological aging in mice by measuring the pathological status of a wide range of tissues in a standardized scoring system. The GGP is a grading system that generates a numerical score for the total lesions in each tissue, which when averaged over the mice in the cohort provides a composite lesion score (CLS) for each tissue and mouse. In this study, we tested ability of the GGP to predict accelerated aging in mice null for Cu/Zn-superoxide dismutase (Sod1KO mice), which have been shown to have reduced lifespan and healthspan...
February 24, 2018: GeroScience
Jie-Bin Zhou, Ying-Lin Zheng, Yi-Xuan Zeng, Jia-Wei Wang, Zhong Pei, Ji-Yan Pang
Ageing is a complex but universal phenomenon that progressively challenges the homeostasis network and finally leads to the dysfunction of organisms and even death. Previous studies demonstrated that xyloketal B and its derivatives, a series of marine novel ketone compounds, possessed unique antioxidative effects on endothelial and neuronal oxidative injuries. In this study, we examined the effects of xyloketal derivatives on extending lifespan and healthspan of Caenorhabditis elegans. The results showed that most selected xyloketals could protect Caenorhabditis elegans against heat stress and extend the lifespan of worms...
February 10, 2018: European Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
Smilja Todorovic, Kosara Smiljanic, Sabera Ruzdijic, Aleksandra Mladenovic Djordjevic, Selma Kanazir
Dietary restriction (DR) is an important experimental paradigm for lifespan and healthspan extension, but its specific contribution regarding the type, onset and duration are still debatable. This study was designed to examine the impact of different dietary protocols by assessing the behavioral changes during aging. We exposed male Wistar rats of various age to ad libitum (AL) or DR (60% of AL daily intake) feeding regimens with different onsets. The impact of DR on locomotor activity, memory and learning was examined in 12-, 18- and 24-month-old treated animals and controls using open field (OF) and Y maze tests...
February 3, 2018: Journals of Gerontology. Series A, Biological Sciences and Medical Sciences
Michael Hook, Suheeta Roy, Evan G Williams, Maroun Bou Sleiman, Khyobeni Mozhui, James F Nelson, Lu Lu, Johan Auwerx, Robert W Williams
Aging is a complex and highly variable process. Heritability of longevity among humans and other species is low, and this finding has given rise to the idea that it may be futile to search for DNA variants that modulate aging. We argue that the problem in mapping longevity genes is mainly one of low power and the genetic and environmental complexity of aging. In this review we highlight progress made in mapping genes and molecular networks associated with longevity, paying special attention to work in mice and humans...
February 2, 2018: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
Ting Lian, Uma Gaur, Q I Wu, Jianbo Tu, Boyuan Sun, Deying Yang, Xiaolan Fan, Xueping Mao, Mingyao Yang
Dietary restriction (DR) is widely regarded as a viable intervention to extend lifespan and healthspan in diverse organisms. The precise molecular regulatory mechanisms are largely unknown. Epigenetic modifications are not stable upon DR and also keep changing with age. Here, we employed whole genome bisulfite sequencing to determine the DNA methylation changes upon DR in adult Drosophila. Our results indicate that although a low level of DNA methylation exists in the adult Drosophila genome, there is no significant difference in DNA methylation levels upon DR when compared to unrestricted flies...
February 1, 2018: Genetics Research
Ameya S Kulkarni, Erika F Brutsaert, Valentin Anghel, Kehao Zhang, Noah Bloomgarden, Michael Pollak, Jessica C Mar, Meredith Hawkins, Jill P Crandall, Nir Barzilai
Administration of metformin increases healthspan and lifespan in model systems, and evidence from clinical trials and observational studies suggests that metformin delays a variety of age-related morbidities. Although metformin has been shown to modulate multiple biological pathways at the cellular level, these pleiotropic effects of metformin on the biology of human aging have not been studied. We studied ~70-year-old participants (n = 14) in a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled, crossover trial in which they were treated with 6 weeks each of metformin and placebo...
January 31, 2018: Aging Cell
Jasper Most, L Anne Gilmore, Steven R Smith, Hongmei Han, Eric Ravussin, Leanne M Redman
Caloric restriction (CR) triggers benefits for healthspan including decreased risk of cardiometabolic disease. In an ancillary study to CALERIE 2, a 24-month 25% CR study, we assessed the cardiometabolic effects of CR in 53 non-obese (BMI: 22-28 kg/m2) men (n=17) and women (n=36). According to the energy-balance method (doubly labeled water and changes in body energy stores), the 25% CR intervention (n=34) produced 17{plus minus}1% (mean{plus minus}SE) and 14{plus minus}1% CR after 12 and 24 months (M12, M24), resulting in significant weight loss (M12: -9{plus minus}0...
December 12, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Endocrinology and Metabolism
Louise Hecker
The rapid expansion of the elderly population has led to the recent epidemic of age-related diseases, including increased incidence and mortality of chronic and acute lung diseases. Numerous studies have implicated aging and oxidative stress in the pathogenesis of various pulmonary diseases; however, despite recent advances in these fields, the specific contributions of aging and oxidative stress remain elusive. This review will discuss the consequences of aging on lung morphology and physiology, and how redox imbalance with aging contributes to lung disease susceptibility...
December 14, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Lung Cellular and Molecular Physiology
Jinyu Wang, Xundi Chen, Jared Osland, D Skyler Gerber, Chao Luan, Kristin Delfino, Leslie Goodwin, Rong Yuan
Using age of female sexual maturation as a biomarker, we previously identified nuclear receptor interacting protein 1 (Nrip1) as a candidate gene that may regulate aging and longevity. In the current report, we found that the deletion of Nrip1 can significantly extend longevity of female mice (log rank test, P=0.0004). We also found that Nrip1 expression is altered differently in various tissues during aging and under diet restriction. Remarkably, Nrip1 expression is elevated with aging in visceral white adipose tissue (WAT), but significantly reduced after four months of diet restriction...
January 13, 2018: Journals of Gerontology. Series A, Biological Sciences and Medical Sciences
Ping Liu, Haiping Zhao, Yumin Luo
Owing to a dramatic increase in average life expectancy and the Family Planning program of the 1970s - 1990s, China is rapidly becoming an aging society. Therefore, the investigation of healthspan-extending drugs becomes more urgent. Astragalus membranaceus (Huangqi) is a major medicinal herb that has been commonly used in many herbal formulations in the practice of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) to treat a wide variety of diseases and body disorders, or marketed as life-prolonging extracts for human use in China, for more than 2000 years...
December 2017: Aging and Disease
Terry W Snell, Rachel K Johnston, Amelia B Matthews, Hongyi Zhou, Mu Gao, Jeffrey Skolnick
Pharmaceutical interventions can slow aging in animals, and have advantages because their dose can be tightly regulated and the timing of the intervention can be closely controlled. They also may complement environmental interventions like caloric restriction by acting additively. A fertile source for therapies slowing aging is FDA approved drugs whose safety has been investigated. Because drugs bind to several protein targets, they cause multiple effects, many of which have not been characterized. It is possible that some of the side effects of drugs prescribed for one therapy may have benefits in retarding aging...
January 16, 2018: Biogerontology
Kosara Smiljanic, Smilja Todorovic, Aleksandra Mladenovic Djordjevic, Tim Vanmierlo, Dieter Lütjohann, Sanja Ivkovic, Selma Kanazir
Albeit aging is an inevitable process, the rate of aging is susceptible to modifications. Dietary restriction (DR) is a vigorous nongenetic and nonpharmacological intervention that is known to delay aging and increase healthspan in diverse species. This study aimed to compare the impact of different restricting feeding regimes such as limited daily feeding (LDF, 60% AL) and intermittent feeding (IF) on brain energy homeostasis during aging. The analysis was focused on the key molecules in glucose and cholesterol metabolism in the cortex and hippocampus of middle-aged (12-month-old) and aged (24-month-old) male Wistar rats...
January 16, 2018: Biogerontology
Ergin Beyret, Paloma Martinez Redondo, Aida Platero Luengo, Juan Carlos Izpisua Belmonte
All living beings undergo systemic physiological decline after ontogeny, characterized as aging. Modern medicine has increased the life expectancy, yet this has created an aged society that has more predisposition to degenerative disorders. Therefore, novel interventions that aim to extend the healthspan in parallel to the life span are needed. Regeneration ability of living beings maintains their biological integrity and thus is the major leverage against aging. However, mammalian regeneration capacity is low and further declines during aging...
January 5, 2018: Circulation Research
Jadwiga M Giebultowicz
Circadian clocks generate daily rhythms in gene expression, cellular functions, physiological processes and behavior. The core clock mechanism consists of transcriptional-translational negative feedback loops that turn over with an endogenous circa 24h period. Classical genetic experiments in the fly Drosophila melanogaster played an essential role in identification of clock genes that turned out to be largely conserved between flies and mammals. Like in mammals, circadian clocks in flies generate transcriptional rhythms in a variety of metabolic pathways related to feeding and detoxification...
December 19, 2017: Free Radical Biology & Medicine
Rammohan V Rao
Since time immemorial, humanity has been concerned with developing and preserving youthful vigor, and extending longevity by stopping or delaying the aging process. By 2030, one in five of the world population will be over 65 years old. Longevity and old age are accompanied with a variety of health challenges and population studies indicate that the elderly will use between three to five times more healthcare services compared to the younger population. Modern medicine has made a great deal of progress in understanding the aging process and in controlling age-associated health issues including heart attacks, strokes, diabetes, cancer, senility, and arthritis...
December 21, 2017: Journal of Ayurveda and Integrative Medicine
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