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Aging (Albany NY). 2009 Jun 22;1(6):529-41.

dSir2 mediates the increased spontaneous physical activity in flies on calorie restriction.

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Genetics and Developmental Biology, School of Medicine, University of Connecticut Health Center, Farmington, CT 06030-3301, USA.


Calorie restriction (CR) is the most effective way to increase life span and delay the onset of age-related symptoms in animals. We have previously reported that CR affects a variety of physiological phenotypes in flies and results in dramatic behavioral, physical and demographic changes. Here we show effects of low and high calorie levels on the spontaneous physical activity of flies. Wild type flies maintained on a low calorie diet exhibit higher spontaneous activity compared to flies on higher calorie diets. This increase is dependent on the presence of Sir2 since a low calorie diet does not increase the activity of dSir2 null flies. Similarly, increasing dSir2 activity by feeding flies resveratrol, a CR mimetic, increases spontaneous physical activity of flies on high caloric food. In Drosophila, spontaneous physical activity therefore closely mimics life span in its dependence on Sir2.


CR; dSir2; resveratrol; spontaneous physical activity

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