Event Title

Lifespan Extension by Chemical Stressor in Caenorhabditis elegans

Presenter Information

Beau Dykstra, Chemistry

Faculty Sponsor(s)

Susan Swope

Location

Hartman Union Building Courtroom

Presentation Type

Event

Start Date

4-28-2017 2:00 PM

End Date

4-28-2017 3:00 PM

Abstract

Extending lifespan through healthy living, including dietary changes and exercise, is a topic that has been gaining popularity in the recent years. Diet and exercise can be sources of stress that aid the health of cells and make them more resilient in the future. Researchers are still working toward discovering how these changes are related to an extended lifespan. When stressed, cells have an adaptive response that allows them to overcome the stress and become more resistant to any future stress. However, cells need time to recover by repairing damage and making proteins once the stressor has been eliminated. If the cell is not given adequate time, then it will become more susceptible to deterioration or death. This process of is known as hormesis. The objective of this study is to determine if lifespan in Caenorhabditis elegans can be extended by inducing stress. Both the duration and initial exposure to stress seem to play a role in lifespan extension and are being tested in this experiment.

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Lifespan Extension by Chemical Stressor in Caenorhabditis elegans

Hartman Union Building Courtroom

Extending lifespan through healthy living, including dietary changes and exercise, is a topic that has been gaining popularity in the recent years. Diet and exercise can be sources of stress that aid the health of cells and make them more resilient in the future. Researchers are still working toward discovering how these changes are related to an extended lifespan. When stressed, cells have an adaptive response that allows them to overcome the stress and become more resistant to any future stress. However, cells need time to recover by repairing damage and making proteins once the stressor has been eliminated. If the cell is not given adequate time, then it will become more susceptible to deterioration or death. This process of is known as hormesis. The objective of this study is to determine if lifespan in Caenorhabditis elegans can be extended by inducing stress. Both the duration and initial exposure to stress seem to play a role in lifespan extension and are being tested in this experiment.