Short-term consumption of a resveratrol-containing nutraceutical mixture mimics gene expression of long-term caloric restriction in mouse heart

Exp Gerontol. 2008 Sep;43(9):859-66. doi: 10.1016/j.exger.2008.06.013. Epub 2008 Jul 9.


An active area of aging research is focused on identifying compounds having the ability to mimic the effects of caloric restriction (CR). From 2 to 5 months of age, we fed male B6C3F(1) mice either a 40% CR diet, a control diet supplemented with a commercially available nutraceutical mixture (NCM) containing resveratrol, quercetin and inositol hexaphosphate, or a diet supplemented with an equivalent dose of chemical-grade resveratrol (RES; 1.25 mg resveratrol kg(-1) day(-1)) from 2 to 5 months of age. Cardiac gene expression profiles were generated for the three groups of treated mice and compared to age-matched control (CO) mice. All three treatments were associated with changes in several cytoskeletal maintenance pathways, suggesting that RES and NCM are able to mimic short-term CR. CR uniquely affected several immune function pathways while RES uniquely affected multiple stress response pathways. Pathway analysis revealed that NCM (but not CR or RES) regulated multiple metabolic pathways that were also changed by long-term CR, including glucose and lipid metabolism, oxidative phosphorylation and chromatin assembly. Examination of key genes and pathways affected by NCM suggests that Foxo1 is a critical upstream mediator of its actions.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Aging / drug effects
  • Aging / genetics
  • Aging / metabolism
  • Animals
  • Blood Glucose / analysis
  • Body Weight
  • Caloric Restriction*
  • Dietary Supplements*
  • Drug Evaluation, Preclinical / methods
  • Gene Expression Profiling / methods
  • Gene Expression Regulation / drug effects*
  • Insulin / blood
  • Male
  • Mice
  • Mice, Inbred Strains
  • Myocardium / metabolism*
  • Oligonucleotide Array Sequence Analysis / methods
  • Resveratrol
  • Reverse Transcriptase Polymerase Chain Reaction / methods
  • Signal Transduction / drug effects
  • Stilbenes / pharmacology*


  • Blood Glucose
  • Insulin
  • Stilbenes
  • Resveratrol