Lifespan extension by conditions that inhibit translation in Caenorhabditis elegans.

Authors: Hansen M; Taubert S; Crawford D; Libina N; Lee SJ; Kenyon C

Abstract: Many conditions that shift cells from states of nutrient utilization and growth to states of cell maintenance extend lifespan. We have carried out a systematic lifespan analysis of conditions that inhibit protein synthesis. We find that reducing the levels of ribosomal proteins, ribosomal-protein S6 kinase or translation-initiation factors increases the lifespan of Caenorhabditis elegans. These perturbations, as well as inhibition of the nutrient sensor target of rapamycin (TOR), which is known to increase lifespan, all increase thermal-stress resistance. Thus inhibiting translation may extend lifespan by shifting cells to physiological states that favor maintenance and repair. Interestingly, different types of translation inhibition lead to one of two mutually exclusive outputs, one that increases lifespan and stress resistance through the transcription factor DAF-16/FOXO, and one that increases lifespan and stress resistance independently of DAF-16. Our findings link TOR, but not sir-2.1, to the longevity response induced by dietary restriction (DR) in C. elegans, and they suggest that neither TOR inhibition nor DR extends lifespan simply by reducing protein synthesis.

Keywords: Animals; Caenorhabditis elegans/*genetics/*metabolism; Caenorhabditis elegans Proteins/genetics/metabolism; Caloric Restriction; Eukaryotic Initiation Factors/genetics/metabolism; Gene Expression Regulation/*genetics; Heat Stress Disorders/genetics/metabolism; Longevity/*genetics; Protein Biosynthesis/*genetics; Protein-Serine-Threonine Kinases; Receptor, Insulin/genetics/metabolism; Ribosomal Protein S6 Kinases/genetics/metabolism; Ribosomal Proteins/genetics/metabolism; Saccharomyces cerevisiae Proteins/genetics/*metabolism; Signal Transduction/physiology; Survival Rate; Transcription Factors/genetics/metabolism
Journal: Aging cell
Volume: 6
Issue: 1
Pages: 95-110
Date: Feb. 3, 2007
PMID: 17266679
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Hansen M, Taubert S, Crawford D, Libina N, Lee SJ, Kenyon C (2007) Lifespan extension by conditions that inhibit translation in Caenorhabditis elegans. Aging cell 6: 95-110.

Study Lifespan Factors:
  • rsks-1 RSK-pSeventy (RSK-p70 kinase) homolog

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