Jan 1, 1985

The effects of aging and chronic dietary restriction on whole body growth and protein turnover in the rat

Experimental Gerontology
S E LewisA M Holehan

Abstract

Changes in whole body growth, nucleic acids, and protein turnover have been studied in conjunction with ageing and chronic dietary restriction. Normal developmental changes between weaning and senescence included progressive decreases in the fractional rates of growth, protein synthesis, and protein breakdown; the decline in the synthetic rate correlating with decreases in the ribosomal capacity. Dietary intervention was imposed at weaning and involved pair feeding to 50% of the ad libitum food intake. Although this regime slowed whole body growth by retarding the developmental decline in protein turnover, growth was extended into the second and third years of life. The dietary-induced increase in longevity resulting from a retardation of the ageing process(es) appears therefore to be associated with an enhanced turnover of proteins during the major portion of the life span of dietary restricted rats.

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Protein Degradation, Regulatory
Diet
Energy Intake
August Rats
Protein Degradation, Metabolic
Senility
Protein Biosynthesis
Eating
Senescence Function
Ribosomes

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