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Enhanced Branched-Chain Amino Acid Metabolism Improves Age-related Reproductive Function

Chen Lesnik, Salman Sohrabi, Jasmine M. Ashraf, Rachel Kaletsky, Vanessa Cota, Titas Sengupta, William Keyes, Coleen T. Murphy

bioRxiv 2023.02.09.527915; doi:

Reproductive aging is one of the earliest aging phenotypes, and mitochondrial dysfunction has been linked to a decline in oocyte quality. However, the mitochondria-related processes that are critical for oocyte quality maintenance with age have not been fully identified. We isolated mitochondria from young and aged wild-type and long-reproductive daf-2 mutant C. elegans for proteomic analysis. We found that the mitochondrial proteomic profiles of young wild-type and daf-2 worms are similar and are distinct from mitochondrial proteins of aged wild-type animals. The first enzyme of the branched-chain amino acid (BCAA) metabolism pathway, BCAT-1, is more abundant in young and daf-2 mitochondria. Upon knockdown of bcat-1 in daf-2, reproduction is shortened, mitochondrial ROS levels are elevated, and mitochondria shift to a perinuclear distribution within the mature oocytes. Moreover, bcat-1 knockdown decreases daf-2 oocyte quality and reduces reproductive capability in late age, indicating the importance of this pathway in the maintenance of oocyte quality with age. Importantly, we can extend reproduction in wild-type animals both by bcat-1 overexpression and by supplementing vitamin B1, a cofactor needed for the BCAA metabolism.

About Angela


Angela Andersen is part scientist, part philanthropist, and part entrepreneur. Her passion is to encourage growth - personal growth and scientific growth.


She is driven to build everyone's enthusiasm and love for science by guiding and encouraging regular engagement with the scientific literature.


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We would routinely track and present Abstracts when I was an editor at Cell (a long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away).


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