The endocrine regulation of aging in Caenorhabditis elegans.

TitleThe endocrine regulation of aging in Caenorhabditis elegans.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2009
AuthorsKleemann GA, Murphy CT
JournalMol Cell Endocrinol
Date Published2009 Feb 05
KeywordsAging, Animals, Caenorhabditis elegans, Endocrine System, Exocrine Glands, Insulin, Insulin-Like Growth Factor I, Models, Biological, Signal Transduction, Steroids

In recent years, there has been significant growth in our understanding of the regulation of longevity. The most notable change is the identification and detailed description of a number of molecular pathways modulating the rate of aging. A good portion of this new data has come from studies using the genetic model organism Caenorhabditis elegans. In this review, we provide an overview of physiological systems that are involved in the modulation of aging in C. elegans, then discuss the known endocrine signaling systems that are likely to couple these systems together. Finally, we present a working model describing how aging may be regulated as a coordinated system, communicating through endocrine signals.

Alternate JournalMol. Cell. Endocrinol.
PubMed ID19059305