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Tag: Drosophila

Two Directions Infinity
In a preprint published in bioRxiv, a team of Singaporean researchers, including Jan Gruber, has found that a combination of stem cell rejuvenation and senescent cell removal is synergistically more effective than either alone. Different but related aspects of aging Why we Age: Cellular SenescenceAs your body ages, more of your cells become senescent. Senescent...
Fruit flies
In a preprint paper, scientists have shown that treating drosophila flies and mice with rapamycin for a relatively brief period in early life mostly recapitulates the effects of a lifelong treatment, including lifespan extension in flies [1]. Rapamycin is considered one of the most promising geroprotective drugs. It belongs to a handful of molecules that...
Fly eyes
Increasing an important protein regulator improves the lifespan of Drosophila flies, according to a new paper published in Aging. Found in both animals and plants As the researchers explain, phosphatidylethanolamine-binding proteins (PEBPs) are present in both plant and animal cells. These proteins are critical to multiple fundamental cellular functions, including in cancer cells [1,2]. While...
Gut bacteria
Most of the genetic changes associated with increasing age disappear in the absence of gut bacteria, according to a new fruit fly study [1]. It’s a pretty surprising finding, and while there are some important implications, it’s also a bit challenging to interpret. A flat aging line The experiment itself was relatively straightforward. A team...
Unexpected treasure
Researchers have found that zoledronate, a drug used to treat osteoporosis, has unexpected life-extending properties in human beings, and they confirmed these findings in a fruit fly study. The original unexpected findings Zoledronate is a biophosphonate, a drug used to strengthen bones and reduce the risk of osteoporosis-related bone fractures. It is well-absorbed into the...
The Drosophila fruit fly
Scientists have successfully reversed the decline in cellular stress response in drosophila flies [1]. Our cells rely on epigenetic regulation to do their various jobs: while a muscle cell has the same genome as a liver cell, the difference in gene expression is what sets them apart. With age, these complex epigenetic patterns can go...