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Tokyo, Nov 4 (SocialNews.XYZ) Research on mice which were sent to the International Space Station (ISS) have helped scientists identify a protein that appears to have a major role in the ageing process, suggests a joint study by the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) and Tohoku University.
The research showed that the protein, called nuclear factor erythroid 2-related factor 2, or Nrf2, slowed down mice’s part of biological changes similar to ageing, Kyodo News reported on Tuesday.
Known as a master regulator of the antioxidant response, Nrf2 turns the stress defence mechanism on and off.
For the experiment, 12 mice were sent to the space station aboard a SpaceX Falcon rocket in 2018.
The study revealed that the mice group without Nrf2 experienced speedy changes in blood components similar to those induced by ageing.
« The results highlight the significance of the role Nrf2 plays in cushioning the impact of space-derived stress, » Masayuki Yamamoto, Professor at Tohoku University who led the study, was quoted as saying.
The discovery could pave way for new treatments for a wide range of old age-related illnesses, such as Alzheimer’s disease and diabetes, according to scientists.
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