Sunday, November 09, 2008

SRT1720 - A Future Anti-Aging Pill?

Derived from research at Harvard University, SRT1720, a resveratrol mimetic, confers multiple benefits in mice. Since the same gene, protein and signal pathways are conserved in humans, it's likely that the drug will confer the same effects.

In other news, besides vitamin D for preventing cancers, researchers have found that vitamin B3, nicotinamide, boosts memory in normal and Alzheimer's mice. This shouldn't be surprising since biochemically NADH (nicotinamide is a building block of NADH) is required for oxidative metabolism of glucose, and the brain eats glucose like we eat candy.

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My wife treats various patients. Some of whom have Alzheimer's. While none are rodents some have genetic similarities.

Pete
 
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