Mechanisms of aging and energy metabolism in Caenorhabditis elegans

Authors

  • Marta Artal-Sanz,

    1. Institute of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology, Foundation for Research and Technology, Heraklion, Crete, Greece
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  • Nektarios Tavernarakis

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    1. Institute of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology, Foundation for Research and Technology, Heraklion, Crete, Greece
    • Institute of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology, Foundation for Research and Technology, Vassilika Vouton, P.O. Box 1385, Heraklion 71110, Crete, Greece
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Abstract

Aging studies on diverse species ranging from yeast to man have culminated in the delineation of several signaling pathways that influence the process of senescent decline and aging. While understanding these interlinked signal-transduction cascades is becoming even more detailed and comprehensive, the cellular and biochemical processes they impinge upon to modulate the rate of senescent decline and aging have lagged considerably behind. This fundamental question is one of the most important challenges of modern aging research and has been the focus of recent research efforts. Emerging findings provide insight into the facets of cellular metabolism which can be fine-tuned by upstream signaling events to ultimately promote longevity. Here, we survey the mechanisms regulating aging in the simple nematode worm Caenorhabditis elegans, aiming to highlight recent discoveries that shed light into the interface between aging signaling pathways and cellular energy metabolism. Our objective is to review the current understanding of the processes involved and discuss mechanisms that are likely conserved in higher organisms. © 2008 IUBMB IUBMB Life, 60(5): 315–322, 2008

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