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Anti Aging Drug Breakthrough

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Posted in Medicine on 25th Sep, 2013 03:47 AM by AlexMuller

The work, published in the March 8 issue of Science, finally proves that a single anti-aging enzyme in the body can be targeted, with the potential to prevent age-related diseases and extend lifespans.

 

The paper shows all of the 117 drugs tested work on the single enzyme through a common mechanism.
 
This means that a whole new class of anti-aging drugs is now viable, which could ultimately prevent cancer, Alzheimer's disease and type 2 diabetes.
 
"Ultimately, these drugs would treat one disease, but unlike drugs of today, they would prevent 20 others," says the lead author of the paper, Professor David Sinclair, from UNSW Medicine, who is based at Harvard University. "In effect, they would slow aging."
 
The target enzyme, SIRT1, is switched on naturally by calorie restriction and exercise, but it can also be enhanced through activators. The most common naturally-occurring activator is resveratrol, which is found in small quantities in red wine, but synthetic activators with much stronger activity are already being developed.
 
Although research surrounding resveratrol has been going for a decade, until now the basic science had been contested. Despite this, there have already been promising results in some trials with implications for cancer, cardiovascular disease and cardiac failure, type 2 diabetes, Alzheimer's and Parkinson's diseases, fatty liver disease, cataracts, osteoporosis, muscle wasting, sleep disorders and inflammatory diseases such as psoriasis, arthritis and colitis (inflammatory bowel disease).
 
"In the history of pharmaceuticals, there has never been a drug that tweaks an enzyme to make it run faster," says Professor Sinclair, a geneticist with the Department of Pharmacology at UNSW.
 
The technology was sold to pharmaceutical giant GlaxoSmithKline in 2008. Four thousand synthetic activators, which are 100 times as potent as a single glass of red wine, have been developed -- the best three are in human trials.


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Comments

Author: Guest
Posted: 2013-09-25
+3
I dont want to live forever through my works, I want to live forever by taking a load of anti aging drugs!
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Author: Guest
Posted: 2013-09-25
+4
Just dont overdose on them mate! Reply
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Author: Guest
Posted: 2013-09-25
+3
This is a good study and if the human trials prove out, there are about 117 drugs tested that could work on the single enzyme through a common mechanism. Reply
Author: Guest
Posted: 2013-09-25
+3
This enzyme that has been isolated by the researchers SIRT1, is switched on naturally by calorie restriction and exercise, but it can also be enhanced through activators Reply
Author: Guest
Posted: 2013-09-25
+3
Resveratrol never heard of it, but the medication is 100 times as potent as the wine. Interesting I would say. Reply
Author: Guest
Posted: 2013-09-25
+1
With the history of pharmaceuticals, there has never been a drug that tweaks an enzyme to make it run faster, Reply
Author: Guest
Posted: 2013-10-24
+0
BxyP6e A round of applause for your article.Thanks Again. Much obliged. Reply
Author: Guest
Posted: 2016-12-26
+0
It's a plseaure to find someone who can identify the issues so clearly Reply


 

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