Foods’ tastes and scents can influence on one’s lifespan
Foods’ tastes and scents can influence on one’s lifespan
  • Reporter Gwak Jun-ho
  • 승인 2016.06.01 12:32
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Professor Seung-Jae Lee and Murat Artan on this Ph.D. degree course have found that lifespan is reduced as insulin mimetic substances mount up in a body when sensory neurons are stimulated by tastes and scents. The research team found the influence of sensory neurons on lifespans and their mechanisms, by using Caenorhabditis elegans that are widely used for study of aging. By experimenting on extracted chemicals from colon bacillus that is a prey of Caenorhabditis elegans, they found that the release of insulin hormone called INS-6 was increased when the neurons that sense tastes and smell were activated. This hormone blunts FOXO genes that are responsible for lengthening one’s lifespan and sends signals to other body parts to shorten the lifespan. The research took spotlight among academics for discovering that perceiving one’s environmental changes is the first step towards lengthening the lifespan. For this significance, the research was posted as the most recent top journal on a worldly known international journal of biology, Genes and Development.