A geroprotector is one of the five different types of senotherapeutic strategies that aims to affect the root cause of aging and age-related diseases, and thus prolong the life span of animals. Geroprotectors utilize agents and strategies which prevent or reverse the senescent state by preventing triggers of cellular senescence, including:
- DNA damage
- Oxidative stress
- Proteotoxic stress
- Telomere shortening
Senotherapeutics refers to therapeutic agents and strategies that specifically target cellular senescence and include any of the following therapies:
- Gene therapy
- Immune clearance of senescent cells
- SASP inhibitors
- Senolytics (compounds capable of identifying and eliminating senescent cells)
Senescent cells enter a stage in which they no longer properly divide and function and become dysfunctional, which utlimately leads to organ failure. Senescent cells also generate pro-inflammatory compounds which potentially damage healthy tissues.
Senolytics and geroprotectors eliminate aging and senescent cells from the tissues which then makes room for newer more active cells.
Life Extension® has partnered with Insilico Medicine to identify nutrient cocktails that function as geroprotectors by employing artificial intelligence biomedical algorithms. These strategic uses of high-speed computer programs accelerates the research into potential geroprotectors.
GeroScope is a computational tool that can aid prediction of novel geroprotectors from existing human gene expression data. GeroScope maps expression differences between samples from young and old subjects to aging-related signaling pathways, then profiles pathway activation strength (PAS) for each condition.
Known substances are then screened and ranked for those most likely to target differential pathways and mimic the young signalome.
The study identified and shortlisted ten substances, all of which have lifespan-extending effects in animal models. These ten substances include:
- Epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG)
- Fasudil (HA-1077)
- N-acetyl-L-cysteine (NAC)
- Nordihydroguaiaretic acid (NDGA)
- Ursolic acid
|Drug||Code||Model Organism||Lifespan (LS) Parameter||% Increase||Ref.|
|Nordihydroguaiaretic acid||A||D. melanogaster||Median LS||23|||
|Mus Musculus||Median LS||12|||
|Myricetin||B||C. elegans||Mean LS||32.9||[48,49]|
|HA-1004||C||D. melanogaster||Mean LS||18|||
|7-Cyclopentyl-5-(4-phenoxy)phenyl-7H-pyrrolo[2,3-d]pyrimidin-4-ylamine||D||C. elegans||Mean LS||11|||
|Staurosporine||E||D. Melanogaster||Mean LS||34.8|||
|Ursolic acid||F||C. elegans||Mean LS||39|||
|Fasudil (HA-1077)||H||D. melanogaster||Mean LS||14.5|||
|PD-98059||I||D. melanogaster||Mean LS||27|||
|Epigallocatechin gallate||J||C. elegans||Mean LS||10.1|||
|Rattus norvegicus||Median LS||13.5|||
Table 3. Previously reported lifespan effects of test substances in animal models (compiled from geroprotectors.org .) Source: In search for geroprotectors: in silico screening and in vitro validation of signalome-level mimetics of young healthy state
The researchers narrowed down the list of ten substances to the final four compounds, which include:
- Gamma tocotrienol (Vitamin E)
- Epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG) (found in Green tea)
- N-acetyl-L-cysteine (NAC)
These final four compounds combat numerous aging factors throughout the body by working together by influencing key anti-aging pathways.
The researchers concluded that these four compounds reduced cellular aging and protect against the development of senescent cells by modulating a group of signaling pathways.
For a breakdown of the various pathways modulated by the final four compounds, read and review the April 2017 article from Life Extension®.
Life Extension® has combined these final four compounds into a new supplement product called GEROPROTECT™ Ageless Cell™. Supplementing with this product may reduce the body’s burden of senescent cells.