Alternate Name
OrganismMesocricetus brandti
Aging PhenotypeLife-span extension
Allele TypeN/A
DescriptionTurkish hamsters (Mesocricetus brandti) were either maintained at 22 degrees Celcius year-round (the control group) or shifted to 5 degrees Celsius from November to April (the experimental group). Most of the experimental animals hibernated while in the cold. The experimental group was found to live significantly longer than the control group (experimental mean 914 days, control mean 812 days) (Lyman et al, 1981).
Gene FunctionN/A
Other PhenotypesThe small number of animals in the experimental group which hibernated poorly, or not at all, while in the cold lived shorter than the control animals (Lyman et al, 1981).
Primary ReferenceLyman, C. P., O'Brien, R. C., Greene, G. C., and Papafrangos, E. D. (1981). Hibernation and longevity in the Turkish hamster Mesocricetus brandti. Science 212, 668-70. [Abstract]
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Keywordstemperature, hibernation, hamster