Every-other-day feeding extends lifespan but fails to delay many symptoms of aging in mice

Kan Xie, Frauke Neff, Astrid Markert, Jan Rozman, Juan Antonio Aguilar-Pimentel, Oana Veronica Amarie, Lore Becker, Robert Brommage, Lillian Garrett, Kristin S. Henzel, Sabine M. Hölter, Dirk Janik, Isabelle Lehmann, Kristin Moreth, Brandon L. Pearson, Ildiko Racz, Birgit Rathkolb, Devon P. Ryan, Susanne Schröder, Irina TreiseRaffi Bekeredjian, Dirk H. Busch, Jochen Graw, Gerhard Ehninger, Martin Klingenspor, Thomas Klopstock, Markus Ollert, Michael Sandholzer, Carsten Schmidt-Weber, Marco Weiergräber, Eckhard Wolf, Wolfgang Wurst, Andreas Zimmer, Valerie Gailus-Durner, Helmut Fuchs, Martin Hrabě De Angelis, Dan Ehninger*

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Dietary restriction regimes extend lifespan in various animal models. Here we show that longevity in male C57BL/6J mice subjected to every-other-day feeding is associated with a delayed onset of neoplastic disease that naturally limits lifespan in these animals. We compare more than 200 phenotypes in over 20 tissues in aged animals fed with a lifelong every-other-day feeding or ad libitum access to food diet to determine whether molecular, cellular, physiological and histopathological aging features develop more slowly in every-other-day feeding mice than in controls. We also analyze the effects of every-other-day feeding on young mice on shorter-term every-other-day feeding or ad libitum to account for possible aging-independent restriction effects. Our large-scale analysis reveals overall only limited evidence for a retardation of the aging rate in every-other-day feeding mice. The data indicate that every-other-day feeding-induced longevity is sufficiently explained by delays in life-limiting neoplastic disorders and is not associated with a more general slowing of the aging process in mice.

Original languageEnglish
Article number155
JournalNature Communications
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2017


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