Created on Feb. 25, 2013, 1:42 a.m. by Anonymous & updated by Hevok on May 2, 2013, 4:54 p.m. Anonymous on May 2, 2013, 4:54 p.m.

There is a potential link between anoxia tolerance and longevity. The mechanisms used by turtles to survive anoxia can directly and indirectly be linked to their extraordniary longevity [20716943].

For instance, the processes used to protect the turtle brain against anoxia and subsequent reoxygenation might contribute to longevity. These selectively activated processes in turtles can be used as a model to investigate key mechanisms for protection against Aging [12855290]. By understanding the molecular mechanisms that play a role in hypoxia and anoxia tolerance in turtles, human health can be improved and their Lifespan extended [20716943].


Krivoruchko, A. & Storey, K. (2010). Forever young: mechanisms of natural anoxia tolerance and potential links to longevity. Oxid Med Cell Longev. 3(3), 186-198. doi: 10.4161/oxim.3.3.4

Lutz, P., Prentice, H. & Milton, S. (2003). Is turtle longevity linked to enhanced mechanisms for surviving brain anoxia and reoxygenation?. Proceedings of the 2nd Symposium on organisms with slowing aging (SOSA-2). 38(7), 797-800.


Tags: Longevity, reptile, anoxia, aging, longevity, negligible-senescence
Parent: Species
Children: Western Painted Turtle

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