The roles of FoxOs in modulation of aging by calorie restriction


FoxO activity and modifications, such as its phosphorylation, acetylation, and methylation, may help drive the expression of genes involved in combating oxidative stress by causing the epigenetic modifications, and thus, preserve cellular function during aging and age-related diseases, such as diabetes, cancer, and Alzheimer disease. Insulin signaling has been postulated to influence the aging process by increasing resistance to oxidative stress, and slowing the accumulation of oxidative damage. Some antioxidative effects are mediated by a conserved family of forkhead box transcription factors (FoxOs), which in the absence of insulin signaling freely bind to promoters of antioxidant enzymes, superoxide dismutase, and catalase. On the other hand, calorie restriction (CR) extends the lifespans of several species via the insulin pathway, and extends longevity and healthspan in diverse species via a conserved mechanism. CR enhances adaptive stress responses at the cellular and organism levels and extends lifespan in a FoxO-independent manner. Thus, increased modification of FoxO is modulated via the hyperinsulinemia-induced PI3K/Akt pathway during aging, and CR reverses this process. Accordingly, FoxO plays an important role in maintenance of metabolic homeostasis and removal of oxidative stress in the aging process and in the effect of CR on lifespan.

DOI: 10.1007/s10522-014-9519-y

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@article{Kim2014TheRO, title={The roles of FoxOs in modulation of aging by calorie restriction}, author={Dae H. Kim and Min Park and Eun Kyeong Lee and Yeon Ja Choi and Ki Wung Chung and Kyoung Mi Moon and Min Jo Kim and Hye Jin An and June Whoun Park and Nam Deuk Kim and Byung Pal Yu and Hae Young Chung}, journal={Biogerontology}, year={2014}, volume={16}, pages={1-14} }