home   genetic news   bioinformatics   biotechnology   literature   journals   ethics   positions   events   sitemap
 
  HUM-MOLGEN -> Genetic News | search  
 

Maternal Diet Affects Offspring Longevity In Mice

 
  February, 3 2004 11:10
your information resource in human molecular genetics
 
     
Maternal diet can affect offspring longevity, in mice at least. The finding, reported in a Brief Communication in the 29 January 2004 issue of Nature (Vol. 427, No. 6973), may have implications for pregnant and breast-feeding human mothers.

When mice are fed a normal diet of 20% protein through pregnancy and lactation, their offspring live for around 2 years. Offspring of mothers fed normally during pregnancy and subsequently suckled by mothers on low-protein diets lived an average of 2 months longer, report Susan E. Ozanne and C. Nicholas Hales. Offspring of mothers given low-protein diets while pregnant, then normal diets postnatally, died around 6 months earlier than controls. This effect was exacerbated when the youngsters were later fed a sugar-rich, cafeteria-style diet.

The findings may have relevance for human nutrition and growth. "At the two extremes, the difference in lifespan increased by over 50 per cent," the authors say.

CONTACT:

Susan E. Ozanne
Addenbrookes Hospital
University of Cambridge
Cambridge, UK
Tel: +44 1223 762636
E-mail: seo10@cam.ac.uk

(C) Nature press release.


Message posted by: Trevor M. D'Souza

print this article mail this article
Bookmark and Share this page (what is this?)

Social bookmarking allows users to save and categorise a personal collection of bookmarks and share them with others. This is different to using your own browser bookmarks which are available using the menus within your web browser.

Use the links below to share this article on the social bookmarking site of your choice.

Read more about social bookmarking at Wikipedia - Social Bookmarking

Latest News
Variants Associated with Pediatric Allergic Disorder

Mutations in PHF6 Found in T-Cell Leukemia

Genetic Risk Variant for Urinary Bladder Cancer

Antibody Has Therapeutic Effect on Mice with ALS

Regulating P53 Activity in Cancer Cells

Anti-RNA Therapy Counters Breast Cancer Spread

Mitochondrial DNA Diversity

The Power of RNA Sequencing

‘Pro-Ageing' Therapy for Cancer?

Niche Genetics Influence Leukaemia

Molecular Biology: Clinical Promise for RNA Interference

Chemoprevention Cocktail for Colon Cancer

more news ...

Generated by News Editor 2.0 by Kai Garlipp
WWW: Kai Garlipp, Frank S. Zollmann.
7.0 © 1995-2016 HUM-MOLGEN. All rights reserved. Liability, Copyright and Imprint.