Aging and age-related neurodegeneration are among the major challenges in modern medicine because of the progressive increase in the number of elderly in the world population. Nutrition, which has important long-term consequences for health, is an important way to prevent diseases and achieve healthy aging. The beneficial effects of Vigna unguiculata on metabolic disorders have been widely documented. Here, we show that an aqueous extract of V. unguiculata beans delays senescence both in Saccharomyces cerevisiae and Drosophila melanogaster, in a Snf/AMPK-dependent manner. Consistently, an increased expression of FOXO, SIRT1, NOTCH and heme oxygenase (HO) genes, already known to be required for the longevity extension in D. melanogaster, is also shown. Preventing a-synuclein self-assembly is one of the most promising approaches for the treatment of Parkinson's disease (PD), for which aging is a risk factor. In vitro aggregation of a-synuclein, its toxicity and membrane localization in yeast and neuroblastoma cells are strongly decreased in the presence of bean extract. In a Caenorhabditis elegans model of PD, V. unguiculata extract substantially reduces the number of the age-dependent degeneration of the cephalic dopaminergic neurons. Our findings support the role of V. unguiculata beans as a functional food in age-related disorders.
Protective effect of Vigna unguiculata extract against aging and neurodegeneration / F. Tripodi, L. Lombardi, L. Guzzetti, D. Panzeri, R. Milanesi, M. Leri, M. Bucciantini, C. Angeloni, D. Beghelli, S. Hrelia, G. Onorato, E.D. Schiavi, E. Falletta, S. Nonnis, G. Tedeschi, M. Labra, P. Coccetti. - In: AGING. - ISSN 1945-4589. - 12:19(2020 Oct 15), pp. 19785-19808.
|Titolo:||Protective effect of Vigna unguiculata extract against aging and neurodegeneration|
|Parole Chiave:||(PD); Caenorhabditis elegans; Drosophila melanogaster; human a-synuclein; Parkinson's disease; Saccharomyces cerevisiae|
|Settore Scientifico Disciplinare:||Settore BIO/10 - Biochimica|
|Data di pubblicazione:||15-ott-2020|
|Digital Object Identifier (DOI):||http://dx.doi.org/10.18632/aging.104069|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||01 - Articolo su periodico|