Alternative Mitochondrial Fuel Extends Life Span

Article · April 2012with49 Reads
DOI: 10.1016/j.cmet.2012.03.011 · Source: PubMed
In this issue of Cell Metabolism, Ristow and colleagues (Zarse et al., 2012) elucidate a conserved mechanism through which reduced insulin-IGF1 signaling activates an AMP-kinase-driven metabolic shift toward oxidative proline metabolism. This, in turn, produces an adaptive mitochondrial ROS signal that extends worm life span. These findings further bolster the concept of mitohormesis as a critical component of conserved aging and longevity pathways.
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