Health Secret To Slow Down Ageing

By Lekhaka

Supplements derived from a gut bacteria might one day pave the way for slowing down the ageing process, scientists say.

Researchers identified a bacteria C.elegans whose genes and compounds extend the life as well as slow down the progression of tumours and the accumulation of amyloid-beta -- a compound associated with Alzheimer's disease.

"The scientific community is increasingly aware that our body's interactions with the millions of microbes in our bodies, the microbiome, can influence many of our functions, such as cognitive and metabolic activities and ageing," said Meng Wang, associate professor at Baylor University.

how to slow down ageing

"In this work we investigated whether the genetic composition of the microbiome might also be important for longevity," Wang added.

For the study, appearing in the journal Cell, the team employed a complete gene-deletion library of bacterium E.coli; a collection of E.coli, each lacking one of close to 4,000 genes.

"We fed C.elegans each individual mutant bacteria and then looked at the worms' life span," Wang said.

"Of the nearly 4,000 bacterial genes we tested, 29, when deleted, increased the worms' lifespan. Twelve of these bacterial mutants also protected the worms from tumor growth and accumulation of amyloid-beta, a characteristic of Alzheimer's disease in humans," Wang stated.

Further experiments showed that some of the bacterial mutants increased longevity by acting on some of the worm's known processes linked to ageing.

Based on these results it might be possible in the future to design preparations of bacteria or their compounds that could help slow down the ageing process, the researchers noted.

With Inputs From IANS

For Quick Alerts
Subscribe Now
For Quick Alerts
For Daily Alerts

    Read more about: ageing food bacteria
    Story first published: Monday, June 19, 2017, 20:00 [IST]
    Subscribe Newsletter
    We use cookies to ensure that we give you the best experience on our website. This includes cookies from third party social media websites and ad networks. Such third party cookies may track your use on Boldsky sites for better rendering. Our partners use cookies to ensure we show you advertising that is relevant to you. If you continue without changing your settings, we'll assume that you are happy to receive all cookies on Boldsky website. However, you can change your cookie settings at any time. Learn more