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Dietary restriction ameliorates age-related increase in DNA damage, senescence and inflammation in mouse adipose tissuey

Lookup NU author(s): Abbas Ishaq, Julia Schroder, Miss Edwards, Professor Thomas von Zglinicki, Dr Gabriele Saretzki



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© 2017 The Author(s) Abstract: Ageing is associated with redistribution of fat around the body and saturation of visceral adipose depots. Likewise, the presence of excess fat in obesity or during ageing places extra stress on visceral depots, resulting in chronic inflammation and increased senescence. This process can contribute to the establishment of the metabolic syndrome and accelerated ageing. Dietary restriction (DR) is known to alleviate physiological signs of inflammation, ageing and senescence in various tissues including adipose tissue. Objectives: Our pilot study aimed to analyse senescence and inflammation parameters in mouse visceral fat tissue during ageing and by short term, late-onset dietary restriction as a nutritional intervention. Design, measurements: In this study we used visceral adipose tissue from mice between 5 and 30 months of age and analysed markers of senescence (adipocyte size, γH2A.X, p16, p21) and inflammation (e.g. IL-6, TNFα, IL-1β, macrophage infiltration) using immuno-staining, as well as qPCR for gene expression analysis. Fat tissues from 3 mice per group were analysed. Results: We found that the amount of γH2A.X foci as well as the expression of senescence and inflammation markers increased during ageing but decreased with short term DR. In contrast, the increase in amounts of single or aggregated macrophages in fat depots occurred only at higher ages. Surprisingly, we also found that adipocyte size as well as some senescence parameters decreased at very high age (30 months). Conclusions: Our results demonstrate increased senescence and inflammation during ageing in mouse visceral fat while DR was able to ameliorate several of these parameters as well as increased adipocyte size at 17.5 months of age. This highlights the health benefits of a decreased nutritional intake over a relatively short period of time at middle age.

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Author(s): Ishaq A, Schroder J, Edwards N, von Zglinicki T, Saretzki G

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Journal of Nutrition, Health and Aging

Year: 2018

Volume: 22

Issue: 4

Pages: 555-561

Print publication date: 01/04/2018

Online publication date: 02/09/2017

Acceptance date: 11/07/2017

Date deposited: 26/09/2017

ISSN (print): 1279-7707

ISSN (electronic): 1760-4788

Publisher: Springer-Verlag France


DOI: 10.1007/s12603-017-0968-2


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BBSRC grant BB/C008200/1
Newcastle University Institute for Ageing (BH161774)