Discovering anti-aging enzymes could lead to a longer lifespan
Researchers at KAIST, Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology), have provided new insights on a cellular pathway of energy that is linked to a longer lifespan. This research was conducted on human cells and roundworms. It raises the possibility of anti-aging therapies that could extend lifespan through activating this pathway.
AMPK (adenosine monophosphate-activated protein kinase) is an enzyme that acts as a metabolic master switch. It is a protein that has been called a \”magic\” bullet, as it confers broad health benefits, from improving cardiovascular function to extending life expectancy. It is activated when cellular energy is low, which is common during periods of exercise or caloric restriction.
Activating AMPK leads to a notable increase in longevity in animal models, according to a growing number of studies. This has prompted heightened research into this enzyme.