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Young and Undamaged rMSA Improves the Longevity of Mice

By Jiaze Tang, Anji Ju, Boya Li, Shaosen Zhang, Yuanchao Gong, Boyuan Ma, Yi Jiang, Hongyi Liu, Yan Fu, Yongzhang Luo

Posted 21 Feb 2021
bioRxiv DOI: 10.1101/2021.02.21.432135

Improvement of longevity is an eternal dream of human beings. Here we report that a single protein recombinant mouse serum albumin (rMSA) improved the lifespan and healthspan of C57BL/6N mice. The median lifespan extensions were 17.6% for female and 20.3% for male, respectively. The grip strength of rMSA-treated female and male mice increased by 29.6% and 17.4%, respectively. Meanwhile, the percentage of successful escape increased 23.0% in rMSA-treated male mice using the Barnes Maze test. The rMSA used in this study is young and almost undamaged. We define the concept "young and undamaged" to any protein without any unnecessary modifications by four parameters: intact free thiol (if any), no advanced glycation end-product, no carbonylation, and no homocysteinylation. Here "young and undamaged" rMSA is much younger and less damaged than the endogenous serum albumin from young mice at 1.5 months of age. We predict that young and undamaged proteins altogether can further improve the longevity.

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