Tag: autophagy

Medical Research

Acupuncture promotes mTOR-independent autophagic clearance of aggregation-prone proteins in mouse brain

This study is a bit complicated.  They look at acupuncture at GB 34 and its effect on autophagy, dopamine and motor function in a mouse model of Parkinson’s condition. Though acupuncture increases autophagy of α-synuclein romoted the autophagic clearance of α-synuclein (α-syn), a well known aggregation-prone protein closely related to Parkinson’s disease (PD), in the…

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Health & Fitness

Short-term fasting induces profound neuronal autophagy.

This is an older study done in mice which shows that 24 hours of fasting produces upregulation of autophagy (cellular debris removal) in the brain.  48 hours produces even more.  I’m not sure how many hours of fasting that would translate to for humans.  Interesting!  Though I have a tough time fasting for 16 hours,…

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Health & Fitness

Autophagy for Life Extension: Rhonda Patrick

Rhonda Patrick’s blog is focused on longevity research.  She is a biochemist by training, but now devotes her time to making the arcane world of biochemisty research on aging accessible to the lay public. (In a recent podcast she discussed how she came to the decision to turn down a tenure track professorship at a…

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