Alternate Name
OrganismDrosophila melanogaster
Aging PhenotypeLife-span extension
Allele TypeN/A
DescriptionAddition of melatonin to the diet at 100 ug/mL resulted in a 14% and 33% increase in median and maximum life-span, respectively (Bonilla et al., 2002).
In a previous study, the same concentration of melatonin given to the HEM strain resulted in no effect on life-span (Anisimov et al., 1997).
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 female CBA mice (Anisimov et al., 2001).
Primary ReferenceBonilla, 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]
Other ReferencesAnisimov, 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]
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Keywordshormone, oxidative stress, fly, flies, hormonal