Navigation Links
Could the Naked Mole Rat Hold Secrets to Longevity?
Date:7/5/2012

THURSDAY, July 5 (HealthDay News) -- Your garden-variety rat lives about three years -- plenty long enough to become a nuisance or get a starring role in a Disney film, but not much in the big scheme of things. The naked mole rat, however, a native of East Africa, lives as long as three decades.

Even the naked mole rat's golden years aren't bad, as the rodent doesn't deteriorate much in terms of activity, bone health, sex and brainpower.

What's going on? It may have nothing to do with a lack of hair. (Sorry, bald people.) Instead, a team of researchers from Tel Aviv University in Israel, the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio and the City College of New York report that a brain-protecting protein called NRG-1 could be an important factor.

The good news: Our genetic makeup is similar to that of rodents -- we share about 85 percent of our genes -- and perhaps more knowledge about this protein could help us live longer and better too, study co-author Dorothee Huchon at Tel Aviv University's department of zoology, suggested in a university news release.

The researchers found that the naked mole rat has the most and longest-lasting supply of the protein of the rodents studied. And their levels of the protein stuck around whether they were one day old or 26 years.

The protein appears to protect neurons in the brain.

Scientists note, however, that research with animals often fails to provide similar results in humans.

The study was published in a recent issue of the journal Aging Cell.

More information

For more about healthy aging, visit the U.S. National Library of Medicine.

-- Randy Dotinga

SOURCE: Tel Aviv University, news release, July 2, 2012


'/>"/>
Copyright©2012 ScoutNews,LLC.
All rights reserved  

Page: 1

Related medicine news :

1. Rewiring DNA circuitry could help treat asthma
2. A better way to test new treatments? Approach could help patients and give useful results
3. The US Drug Watchdog Now Warns Time Could Run Out to Get Women Yaz or Yasmin Birth Control Pill Users Identified if they Suffered a Heart Attack Stroke or a Embolism
4. Dr. Davis Announces Some Diagnoses of ADHD May be Misinterpreted Visual Problems: Could Be Treated with Vision Therapy
5. New technique could reduce number of animals needed to test chemical safety
6. The US Drug Watchdog Now Offers To Help All Recipients Of Recalled DePuy ASR Hip Implant Get To The Best Attorneys Because Time Could Run Out To Get Them Identified
7. Menopausal women could work out their hot flashes
8. EVINCI results could lead to 75 percent reduction of invasive procedures for patients with suspected CAD
9. Victim’s Rights to Recover for Actos Bladder Cancer Could Expire Soon
10. Delaying ADHD Meds Could Hurt Kids Math Scores
11. Could Fertility Drugs Make Kids Shorter?
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
Related Image:
Could the Naked Mole Rat Hold Secrets to Longevity? 
(Date:10/12/2017)... ... October 12, 2017 , ... The American College of ... Carol Friedman, PhD, FACMI, during the Opening Session of AMIA’s Annual Symposium in Washington, ... In honor of Morris F. Collen, a pioneer in the field of medical informatics, ...
(Date:10/12/2017)... LOS ANGELES (PRWEB) , ... October 12, 2017 ... ... of Parsa Mohebi Hair Restoration, has recently contributed a medical article to the ... doctors, on cosmetictown.com. Dr. Mohebi’s article spotlights the hair transplant procedure known as ...
(Date:10/12/2017)... FL (PRWEB) , ... October 12, 2017 , ... On ... holding a treadmill relay – Miles by Moonlight to raise money for the American ... $300 or more. , Teams will work together to keep their treadmills moving ...
(Date:10/12/2017)... (PRWEB) , ... October 12, 2017 , ... ... of $3,296 in property taxes a year. In some states—like New York, New ... , By contrast, many overseas retirement havens have extremely low property-tax rates, which ...
(Date:10/12/2017)... ... October 12, 2017 , ... ... enhanced Pepper Flow promotional review platform at the Promotional Review Committee Compliance ... capabilities help marketers streamline the medical, legal, and regulatory review (MLR) process ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:9/25/2017)...  EpiVax, Inc., a leader in the fields ... announced the launch of EpiVax Oncology Inc., a ... cancer vaccines. EpiVax has provided $500,000 in seed ... technologies to the new precision immunotherapy venture. Gad ... as Chief Executive Officer. Gad brings over 25 ...
(Date:9/22/2017)... -- AVACEN Medical (AVACEN) announced that its CE-Marked AVACEN ... with the widespread pain associated with fibromyalgia in the ... Essex, England commented, "I had difficulty ... sleep at all, tremendous pain, with every movement sending ... AVACEN 100] enough, how this has and is helping ...
(Date:9/18/2017)... Pa. and KALAMAZOO, Mich. , Sept. 18, ... , and OptiMed Specialty Pharmacy of ... to offer a strategic hub service that expedites and ... sought-after personal spirometer, Spiro PD 2.0, and wellness management ... spirometer is a medical device used to measure lung ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: