Emerging molecular pathways governing dietary regulation of neural stem cells during aging

Chiara de Lucia, Tytus Murphy, Sandrine Thuret*

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Aging alters cellular and molecular processes, including those of stem cells biology. In particular, changes in neural stem cells (NSCs) are linked to cognitive decline associated with aging. Recently, the systemic environment has been shown to alter both NSCs regulation and age-related cognitive decline. Interestingly, a well-documented and naturally occurring way of altering the composition of the systemic environment is through diet and nutrition. Furthermore, it is well established that the presence of specific nutrients as well as the overall increase or reduction of calorie intake can modulate conserved molecular pathways and respectively reduce or increase lifespan. In this review, we examine these pathways in relation to their function on NSCs and cognitive aging. We highlight the importance of the Sirtuin, mTOR and Insulin/Insulin like growth factor-1 pathways as well as the significant role played by epigenetics in the dietary regulation of NSCs and the need for further research to exploit nutrition as a mode of intervention to regulate NSCs aging.

Original languageEnglish
Article number17
JournalFrontiers in Physiology
Issue numberJAN
Publication statusPublished - 30 Jan 2017


  • Aging
  • Diet
  • Epigenetics
  • IIS
  • Insulin-like growth factor signaling
  • MTOR
  • Nutrients
  • Sirtuins


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