Mice on Taurine Lived 10% Longer and Looked Healthier

(p. A3) Scientists are exploring a new biological link to longer life.

Boosting levels of an amino acid called taurine made mice and worms live longer, according to research published Thursday [June 7, 2023] in the journal Science. Middle-aged monkeys given taurine supplements became healthier, researchers said. In humans, lower levels of taurine were associated with age-related problems.

“This is a very promising molecule,” said Vijay Yadav, an assistant professor of genetics and development at Columbia University, who co-wrote the paper.

People have been searching for life-extending substances for millennia. Other recent studies have explored antiaging properties of compounds including resveratrol, found in red wine, and the immunosuppressive drug rapamycin. Yadav said he first suspected taurine’s connection with aging over a decade ago when his lab compared the contents of blood drawn from people of different ages.

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Researchers gave daily doses of taurine to hundreds of 14-month-old mice, considered middle-aged, and compared their average lifespans to mice that didn’t get extra taurine. The female mice given taurine lived 12% longer on average and male mice that got taurine lived 10% longer, researchers said.

Mice that received taurine also appeared to be healthier.

For the full story, see:

Dominique Mosbergen. “Amino Acid Found To Slow Down Aging.” The Wall Street Journal (Friday, June 9, 2023): A3.

(Note: ellipsis, and bracketed date, added. The online version is longer, but the passages quoted above appear in both versions.)

(Note: the online version of the story was updated June 9, 2023, and has the title “Is Taurine the Key to Longer Life? It Made Monkeys Healthier.”)

The Science paper on taurine mentioned above is:

Singh, Parminder, Kishore Gollapalli, Stefano Mangiola, Daniela Schranner, Mohd Aslam Yusuf, Manish Chamoli, Sting L. Shi, Bruno Lopes Bastos, Tripti Nair, Annett Riermeier, Elena M. Vayndorf, Judy Z. Wu, Aishwarya Nilakhe, Christina Q. Nguyen, Michael Muir, Michael G. Kiflezghi, Anna Foulger, Alex Junker, Jack Devine, Kunal Sharan, Shankar J. Chinta, Swati Rajput, Anand Rane, Philipp Baumert, Martin Schönfelder, Francescopaolo Iavarone, Giorgia di Lorenzo, Swati Kumari, Alka Gupta, Rajesh Sarkar, Costerwell Khyriem, Amanpreet S. Chawla, Ankur Sharma, Nazan Sarper, Naibedya Chattopadhyay, Bichitra K. Biswal, Carmine Settembre, Perumal Nagarajan, Kimara L. Targoff, Martin Picard, Sarika Gupta, Vidya Velagapudi, Anthony T. Papenfuss, Alaattin Kaya, Miguel Godinho Ferreira, Brian K. Kennedy, Julie K. Andersen, Gordon J. Lithgow, Abdullah Mahmood Ali, Arnab Mukhopadhyay, Aarno Palotie, Gabi Kastenmüller, Matt Kaeberlein, Henning Wackerhage, Bhupinder Pal, and Vijay K. Yadav. “Taurine Deficiency as a Driver of Aging.” Science 380, no. 6649 (June 9, 2023): eabn9257.

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