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Month: June 2019

A new mouse study highlights the proteins responsible for LC3-associated endocytosis (LANDO), an autophagy process that is involved in degrading β-amyloid, the principal substance associated with Alzheimer's disease. Proteostasis Proteins in the human brain can form misfolded, non-functional, and toxic clumps known as aggregates. Preventing these aggregates from forming, and removing them when they do,...
In this week's informative episode, Nicola discusses whether or not life extension is natural – and whether or not that matters for your health. A transcript of this episode is available below. This YouTube show is all about healthy life extension, and as such, it is very much in favor of  research on and development...
Today, we want to highlight a new publication that looks at cytomegalovirus (CMV) and its potential role in the development of metabolic syndrome. What is cytomegalovirus?  CMV is part of the β-subfamily of herpes viruses, a family of viruses that are believed to have been co-evolving with their hosts for around 180 million years [1]....
Elderly exercising
Exercise really does influence how we age, and a new study shows how regular exercise in later life can help offset the decline of NAD+ and NAMPT, two important molecules that facilitate cellular energy production, in skeletal muscle. NAD+ and mitochondria The mitochondria are the power stations of the cell and provide the energy that...
Researchers from Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis have discovered a way to delay aging in mice with a protein that is abundant in the blood of young mice but declines with age. eNAMPT and the NAD salvage pathway That protein is extracellular nicotinamide phosphoribosyltransferase (eNAMPT), and it plays a key role in...
For the June edition of Journal Club, Dr. Oliver Medvedik and guests took a look at the recent human trial of urolithin A, a metabolite produced by microflora and an active ingredient in pomegranates that is linked to increased levels of mitophagy in aged animals. Urolithin A is a byproduct created when bacteria in the...