Extension of life span of Drosophila melanogaster by the inhibitors of tryptophan-kynurenine metabolism


Upregulation of kynurenine (KYN) formation from tryptophan (TRY) was associated with aging in animal and human studies. TRY-KYN metabolism is affected by the activities of TRY 2,3-dioxygenase 2 (TDO) and AT P-binding cassette (ABC) transporter regulating TRY access to intracellular TDO. We studied the effects of TDO inhibitor, alpha-methyl tryptophan (aMT) and ABC transported inhibitor, 5-methyl tryptophan (5MT), on the life span of wild strain female Drosophila flies (Oregon-R). aMT and 5MT prolonged mean and maximum life span (by 27% and 43%, and 21% and 23%, resp.). The present results are the first observation of the extension of life span of Drosophila melanogaster by inhibitors of TRY-KYN metabolism, and in line with literature and previous studies on prolonged life span of TDO- and ABC-deficient female Drosophila mutants. Inhibition of TDO and ABC transporter activity might offer the new target for anti-aging interventions

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oai:pubmedcentral.nih.gov:3266072Last time updated on 7/8/2012

This paper was published in PubMed Central.

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