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Experimental Gerontology Section

Rafael de Cabo, Ph.D., Chief

The Experimental Gerontology Section applies whole body physiological and tissue-specific molecular approaches to investigate effects of nutritional interventions on basic mechanisms of aging and age-related diseases. Caloric restriction (CR), without malnutrition, is widely known to extend lifespan and retard a wide variety of aging processes in several short-lived species and is the primary paradigm employed by section scientists. Research within this unit uses both rodent models of CR as well as an in vitro model for CR.

Portfolio/Research Areas

  • Systems Biology
  • Cell Biology/Cell Signaling
  • Molecular Biology/Biochemistry
  • Neuroscience/Neurophysiology/Neurodevelopment
  • Stem Cells/Induced Pluripotent Stem Cells

Findings and Publications

Di Francesco A, Di Germanio C, Panda AC, Huynh P, Peaden R, Navas-Enamorado I, Bastian P, Lehrmann E, Diaz-Ruiz A, Ross D, Siegel D, Martindale JL, Bernier M, Gorospe M, Abdelmohsen K, de Cabo R. Novel RNA-binding activity of NQO1 promotes SERPINA1 mRNA translation. Free Radic Biol Med. 2016;99:225-233.

Bernier M, Wahl D, Ali A, Allard J, Faulkner S, Wnorowski A, Sanghvi M, Moaddel R, Alfaras I, Mattison JA, Tarantini S, Tucsek Z, Ungvari Z, Csiszar A, Pearson KJ, de Cabo R. Resveratrol supplementation confers neuroprotection in cortical brain tissue of nonhuman primates fed a high-fat/sucrose diet. Aging (Albany NY). 2016;8(5):899-916.

Ortega-Molina A, Lopez-Guadamillas E, Mattison JA, Mitchell SJ, Muñoz-Martin M, Iglesias G, Gutierrez VM, Vaughan KL, Szarowicz MD, González-García I, López M, Cebrián D, Martinez S, Pastor J, de Cabo R, Serrano M. Pharmacological inhibition of PI3K reduces adiposity and metabolic syndrome in obese mice and rhesus monkeys. Cell Metab. 2015;21(4):558-70.

Mattison JA, Wang M, Bernier M, Zhang J, Park SS, Maudsley S, An SS, Santhanam L, Martin B, Faulkner S, Morrell C, Baur JA, Peshkin L, Sosnowska D, Csiszar A, Herbert RL, Tilmont EM, Ungvari Z, Pearson KJ, Lakatta EG, de Cabo R. Resveratrol prevents high fat/sucrose diet-induced central arterial wall inflammation and stiffening in nonhuman primates. Cell Metab. 2014;20(1):183-90.

de Cabo R, Carmona-Gutierrez D, Bernier M, Hall MN, Madeo F. The search for antiaging interventions: from elixirs to fasting regimens. Cell. 2014;157(7):1515-26.