Prdx6 plays a main role in the crosstalk between aging and metabolic sarcopenia

Francesca Pacifici, David Della-Morte, Francesca Piermarini, Roberto Arriga, Maria Giovanna Scioli, Barbara Capuani, Donatella Pastore, Andrea Coppola, Silvia Rea, Giulia Donadel, Aikaterini Andreadi, Pasquale Abete, Giuseppe Sconocchia, Alfonso Bellia, Augusto Orlandi, Davide Lauro

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With the increase in average life expectancy, several individuals are affected by age-associated non-communicable chronic diseases (NCDs). The presence of NCDs, such as type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM), leads to the reduction in skeletal muscle mass, a pathological condition defined as sarcopenia. A key factor linking sarcopenia with cellular senescence and diabetes mellitus (DM) is oxidative stress. We previously reported as the absence of Peroxiredoxin 6 (Prdx6), an antioxidant enzyme implicated in maintaining intracellular redox homeostasis, induces an early-stage of T2DM. In the present study we sought to understand the role of Prdx6 in the crosstalk between aging and diabetic sarcopenia, by using Prdx6 knockout (Prdx6-/-) mice. Absence of Prdx6 reduced telomeres length and Sirtuin1 (SIRT1) nuclear localization. An increase in Sa-β-Gal activity and p53-p21 pro-aging pathway were also evident. An impairment in IGF-1 (Insulin-like Groth Factor-1)/Akt-1/mTOR pathway leading to a relative increase in Forkhead Box O1 (FOXO1) nuclear localization and in a decrease of muscle differentiation as per lower levels of myoblast determination protein 1 (MyoD) was observed. Muscle atrophy was also present in Prdx6-/- mice by the increase in Muscle RING finger 1 (MuRF1) levels and proteins ubiquitination associated to a reduction in muscle strength. The present study, innovatively, highlights a fundamental role of Prdx6, in the crosstalk between aging, sarcopenia, and DM.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number329
Issue number4
StatePublished - Apr 2020


  • Aging
  • Diabetes mellitus
  • Insulin resistance
  • Peroxiredoxin6
  • SIRT1
  • Sarcopenia

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry
  • Physiology
  • Molecular Biology
  • Clinical Biochemistry
  • Cell Biology


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