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Science. 1994 Feb 25;263(5150):1128-30.

Extension of life-span by overexpression of superoxide dismutase and catalase in Drosophila melanogaster.

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Department of Biological Sciences, Southern Methodist University, Dallas, TX 75275.

Abstract

The hypothesis that oxygen free radicals are causally involved in the aging process was tested by a study of the effects of simultaneous overexpression of copper-zinc superoxide dismutase and catalase. As compared to diploid controls, transgenic flies carrying three copies of each of these genes exhibited as much as a one-third extension of life-span, a longer mortality rate doubling time, a lower amount of protein oxidative damage, and a delayed loss in physical performance. Results provide direct support for the free radical hypothesis of aging.

PMID:
8108730
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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