Bioengineers at the University of California have uncovered a significant protein that plays a role in anti-aging. Examining the health of the heart narrowed down anti-aging to a protein called vinculin.
As seen in rats, monkey and humans, vinculin accumulates in higher amounts through aging. In this new study, the bioengineers genetically programmed fruit flies to produce higher amounts of vinculin. The flies lived longer. Typically a fruit fly will live up to four weeks. The modified flies managed extended their lifespan to 11 and 13 weeks.
The researchers found that an increase in vinculin not only boosted heart health, but helps anti-aging. Researchers feel that by better understanding vinculin, therapy can be created totreat age-related heart failure.