Lifespan modulation in mice and the confounding effects of genetic background

Mulvey, L., Sinclair, A. and Selman, C. (2014) Lifespan modulation in mice and the confounding effects of genetic background. Journal of Genetics and Genomics, 41(9), pp. 497-503. (doi: 10.1016/j.jgg.2014.06.002) (PMID:25269675) (PMCID:PMC4257991)

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We are currently in the midst of a revolution in ageing research, with several dietary, genetic and pharmacological interventions now known to modulate ageing in model organisms. Excitingly, these interventions also appear to have beneficial effects on late-life health. For example, dietary restriction (DR) has been shown to slow the incidence of age-associated cardiovascular disease, metabolic disease, cancer and brain ageing in non-human primates and has been shown to improve a range of health indices in humans. While the idea that DR's ability to extend lifespan is often thought of as being universal, studies in a range of organisms, including yeast, mice and monkeys, suggest that this may not actually be the case. The precise reasons underlying these differential effects of DR on lifespan are currently unclear, but genetic background may be an important factor in how an individual responds to DR. Similarly, recent findings also suggest that the responsiveness of mice to specific genetic or pharmacological interventions that modulate ageing may again be influenced by genetic background. Consequently, while there is a clear driver to develop interventions to improve late-life health and vitality, understanding precisely how these act in response to particular genotypes is critical if we are to translate these findings to humans. We will consider of the role of genetic background in the efficacy of various lifespan interventions and discuss potential routes of utilising genetic heterogeneity to further understand how particular interventions modulate lifespan and healthspan.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Selman, Professor Colin and Sinclair, Miss Amy and Mulvey, Ms Lorna
Authors: Mulvey, L., Sinclair, A., and Selman, C.
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > Institute of Biodiversity Animal Health and Comparative Medicine
Journal Name:Journal of Genetics and Genomics
Publisher:Elsevier Ltd.
ISSN (Online):1873-5533
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2014 The Authors
First Published:First published in Journal of Genetics and Genomics 41(9):497-503
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Project CodeAward NoProject NamePrincipal InvestigatorFunder's NameFunder RefLead Dept
638451Dissecting the mechanisms underlying lifespan extension in insulin signalling mutant miceColin SelmanBiotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC)BB/H012850/2RI BIODIVERSITY ANIMAL HEALTH & COMPMED