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Old flies

Jonathan B Weitzman

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Genome Biology 2002, 3:spotlight-20021204-01  doi:10.1186/gb-spotlight-20021204-01

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Published:4 December 2002

© 2002 BioMed Central Ltd

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Studies of aging in a number of model organisms have provided insights into the mysteries of longevity. In the November 29 Science Rogina et al. add another piece to the aging puzzle, by investigating the relationship between histone deacetylases, caloric restriction, and longevity in Drosophila (Science 2002, 298:1745). Flies that are heterozygous for a null or hypomorphic mutation in the gene encoding the Rpd3 deacetylase live longer than wild-type controls. The increased lifespan is equivalent to that seen in flies on a low-calorie diet. But the two effects are not additive, suggesting that they are on the same pathway. Both life-expanding treatments (diet or Rpd3 mutation) are associated with an increase in the levels of the Sir2 deacetylase, a protein linked to life-span in yeast.

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