Skip to comments.Scientists ferret out a key pathway for aging
Posted on 11/18/2010 9:39:08 AM PST by FreeAtlanta
For decades, scientists have been searching for the fundamental biological secrets of how eating less extends lifespan.
It has been well documented in species ranging from spiders to monkeys that a diet with consistently fewer calories can dramatically slow the process of aging and improve health in old age. But how a reduced diet acts at the most basic level to influence metabolism and physiology to blunt the age-related decline of tissues and cells has remained, for the most part, a mystery.
Now, writing in the current online issue (Nov. 18) of the journal Cell, a team of scientists from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and their colleagues describe a molecular pathway that is a key determinant of the aging process. The finding not only helps explain the cascade of events that contributes to aging, but also provides a rational basis for devising interventions, drugs that may retard aging and contribute to better health in old age.
"We're getting closer and closer to a good understanding of how caloric restriction works," says Tomas A. Prolla, a UW-Madison professor of genetics and a senior author of the new Cell study. "This study is the first direct proof for a mechanism underlying the anti-aging effects we observe under caloric restriction."
The Wisconsin study focuses on an enzyme known as Sirt3, one of a family of enzymes known as sirtuins, which have been implicated in previous studies in the aging process, gene transcription, programmed cell death and stress resistance under reduced calorie conditions. In mammals, including humans, there are seven sirtuins that seem to have wide-ranging influence on cell fate and physiology.
Sirt3 has been less studied than other members of the sirtuin family, but the new study provides "the first clear evidence frpa
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A new POTUS would add years to our lives....
Becareful what you ask for. The White House will pass a regulation that you can only have so many calories a day.
So far I’ve accomplished aging by not dying...
I tried feeling younger once. She told me to stop...
So how young does she have to be?
“The White House will pass a regulation that you can only have so many calories a day.”
Nope. The opposite. Mandated maximum calories. Gotta keep the social security and medicaid scams running as long as possible. Increase life expectancy by ten years . . .
I can’t help but be skeptical about these claims. We’re fatting than ever nowadays, and living longer than ever. In places where people can’t get enough food, disease kills off people at very early ages.
I dunno, what’s the life span in Ethiopia and Somalia?
I also hear that starving is euphoric, like in Terri Schiavo’s case.
OR they could require us to stuff ourselves so we die off sooner and save on health care costs.
So, you work for TSA?
The death panels will be delivering free bags of potato chips, cartons of ice cream, and all kinds of goodies.
So by this logic if you never eat you’ll live forever?
Boy, is this good news. I’m just not aging fast enough. What a terrible burden.
Thanks. I’ve been starved for this information.
I’m gonna live FOREVER. Damn the bad luck. I have a half pot of coffee in the morning. Gets me through the day. We treated ourselves to a bowl EACH of Tootie Fruities for supper tonight. (date night)
Join the TSA(*)!
(aka "Testicle Squeezers' Association"
aka "Tickle Someone's *ss"
aka "Thousands Sexually Assaulted"
aka "Tossers Stalking Airports" (Brit slang 'Tossers' == American'Wankers')
aka "Terminal Stupidity Alliance"
aka "Ticketed Sexual Arousal"
aka "Terrorists Snicker At"
aka "Touching Sexual Areas"
aka "Tickets, Sex, and Airports"
aka "Told to Search Anus")
:’) I’ve got the tootin’ part of that down.
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