For the June edition of Journal Club, Dr. Oliver Medvedik and guests took a look at the recent human trial of urolithin A, a metabolite produced by microflora and an active ingredient in pomegranates that is linked to increased levels of mitophagy in aged animals. Urolithin A is a byproduct created when bacteria in the…

A new open-access study from researchers at the Biomedical Research Centre in the United Kingdom shows how two antibiotics and Vitamin C can be combined to suppress cancer stem cells (CSCs) of the breast [1]. While antibiotics are not normally effective against cancer, and Vitamin C is more well-known for its role in supporting the…

A recent study has suggested that A.Ceratii, a parasite that feeds on small life forms, including the ones that form algal blooms, contains mitochondria that have no mitochondrial DNA, and at least some of this DNA is found in the parasite’s own genetic code. However, a few genes found in humans are missing and replaced…

Our work is largely supported by the generosity of our monthly patrons, the Lifespan Heroes, and this year, we will be showing our appreciation for that support with the launch of a brand new initiative – our new webinar series where you can meet the scientists working on the solutions to aging and age-related diseases….

Today, we will be covering another important root cause of aging, mitochondrial dysfunction, which is one of the Hallmarks of Aging [1]. What are mitochondria? Mitochondria, which are often called the powerhouses of cells, act like miniature factories, converting the food we eat into usable energy in the form of a chemical called adenosine triphosphate…

Today, we have an update from the MitoSENS team over at the SENS Research Foundation. As some of you may recall, MitoSENS was the first project we hosted on our research fundraising platform Lifespan.io back in August 2015. The project was successfully funded and raised $46,128, which was 153% of the funds needed. The extra…

In a new study, researchers have identified a direct link between mitophagy and inflammation. Aging is accompanied by rising levels of oxidative stress, which is primarily caused by our cellular power plants, the mitochondria. As we age, our mitochondria start to produce an increasing amount of oxidized molecules known as reactive oxygen species (ROS), which…

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Today, we will be taking a look at a new study showing that an NAD+ precursor was able to improve mitochondrial function in cells and flies with a model of Parkinson’s disease. Summary While mitochondrial dysfunction is emerging as key in Parkinson’s disease (PD), a central question remains whether mitochondria are actual disease drivers and…

Thanks to a new technique, researchers from the Salk Institute’s Gage laboratory have shown that impaired energy production might be a reason why human brains are susceptible to age-related diseases in the first place [1]. In particular, Salk scientists observed that induced neurons (iNs) obtained from fibroblasts of older individuals had dysfunctional mitochondria and therefore…

A research team has made progress in repairing the damage done to mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) as the result of a five-year study at the University of Sheffield, UK [1]. The findings could pave the way for new treatments to tackle neurodegenerative diseases, cancer, and potentially aging. These researchers are only thinking of the first two…

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