Alternate Name
OrganismDrosophila melanogaster
Aging PhenotypeNo effect on life-span
Allele TypeN/A
StrainHEM (high embryonic mortality)
DescriptionAddition of melatonin to the diet at 100 ug/mL had no significant effect on life-span (Anisimov et al., 1997).
In as separate study, the same concentration of melatonin given to the Oregon wild type strain produced a significant extension in both median and maximum life-span (Bonilla et al., 2001).
Gene FunctionMelatonin is a hormone synthesized by the pineal gland and has a wide range of effects on endocrine and reproductive functions.
Other PhenotypesDietary supplementation with 20mg/L melatonin resulted in an approximately 5% increase in the mean life span of femal CBA mice (Anisimov et al., 2001).
Primary ReferenceAnisimov, V. N., Mylnikov, S. V., Oparina, T. I., and Khavinson, V. K. (1997). Effect of melatonin and pineal peptide preparation epithalamin on life span and free radical oxidation in Drosophila melanogaster. Mech Ageing Dev 97, 81-91. [Abstract]
Other ReferencesBonilla, E., Medina-Leendertz, S., and Diaz, S. (2002). Extension of life span and stress resistance of Drosophila melanogaster by long-term supplementation with melatonin. Exp Gerontol 37, 629-38. [Abstract]
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Keywordshormone, oxidative stress, fly, flies, hormonal