InterventionVitamin E
Alternate Namealpha-tocopherol
OrganismAsplanchna brightwelli
Aging PhenotypeLife-span extension
Allele TypeN/A
DescriptionSupplementation with vitamin E at a concentration of 25 micrograms/ml significantly increased the mean life-span of the rotifer Asplanchna brightwelli (Sawada and Enesco, 1984).
Gene Function
Other PhenotypesOf the three life stages, the pre-reproductive, reproductive and post-reproductive, only the pre-reproductive stage was significantly extended by vitamin E supplementation. Vitamin E supplemented rotifers were larger than control rotifers in their early stages of life, but both groups attained the same size by the end of their life-span (Sawada and Enesco, 1984).
Addition of Vitamin E to the diet has also been shown to increase life-span in the rotifer Philodina (Enesco and Verdone-Smith, 1980) and the fruit fly Zaprionus paravittiger (Kakkar et al., 1996).
Dietary supplementation with vitamin E had no effect on life-span in mice (Morley and Trainor, 2001) or C. elegans (Adachi and Ishii, 2000).
Primary ReferenceSawada, M., and Enesco, H. E. (1984). Vitamin E extends lifespan in the short-lived rotifer Asplanchna brightwelli. Exp Gerontol 19, 179-83. [Abstract]
Other ReferencesKakkar, R., Bains, J. S., and Sharma, S. P. (1996). Effect of vitamin E on life span, malondialdehyde content and antioxidant enzymes in aging Zaprionus paravittiger. Gerontology 42, 312-21. [Abstract]
Enesco, H. E., and Verdone-Smith, C. (1980). alpha-Tocopherol increases lifespan in the rotifer Philodina. Exp Gerontol 15, 335-8. [Abstract]
Adachi, H., and Ishii, N. (2000). Effects of tocotrienols on life span and protein carbonylation in Caenorhabditis elegans. J Gerontol A Biol Sci Med Sci 55, B280-5. [Abstract]
Morley, A. A., and Trainor, K. J. (2001). Lack of an effect of vitamin E on lifespan of mice. Biogerontology 2, 109-12. [Abstract]
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Keywordsantioxidant, oxidative stress, dietary supplementation