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F1000Res. 2013 Oct 15;2:216. doi: 10.12688/f1000research.2-216.v1. eCollection 2013.

Buffering the pH of the culture medium does not extend yeast replicative lifespan.

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  • Department of Pathology, University of Washington, Seattle, WA, 98195, USA.


During chronological aging of budding yeast cells, the culture medium can become acidified, and this acidification limits cell survival.  As a consequence, buffering the culture medium to pH 6 significantly extends chronological life span under standard conditions in synthetic medium.  In this study, we assessed whether a similar process occurs during replicative aging of yeast cells.  We find no evidence that buffering the pH of the culture medium to pH levels either higher or lower than the initial pH of the medium is able to significantly extend replicative lifespan.  Thus, we conclude that, unlike chronological life span, replicative life span is not limited by acidification of the culture medium or by changes in the pH of the environment.

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