Transplantation of young ovaries to old mice increased life span in transplant recipients

J Gerontol A Biol Sci Med Sci. 2009 Dec;64(12):1207-11. doi: 10.1093/gerona/glp134. Epub 2009 Sep 23.

Abstract

Previously we reported that prepubertally ovariectomized mice that received young transplanted ovaries at a postreproductive age showed a 40% increase in life expectancy. To study this phenomenon in greater detail, 11-month-old ovariectomized and ovary-intact CBA/J mice underwent ovarian transplantation with 60-day-old ovaries or a sham surgery. Results from observations on transplant recipients in the current study extended our previous results. Whereas intact control mice lived an average of 726 days, transplant recipients lived an average of 770 days (i.e., 780 days for intact recipients and 757 days for ovariectomized recipients). If intact recipients had ceased reproductive cycling by the time of transplant, we observed a further increase in mean life span to 811 days. These results demonstrate that young ovaries enhanced longevity when transplanted to old mice and that ovarian status, examined by means of ovariectomy and ovarian transplantation, clearly influenced the potential of young transplanted ovaries to positively impact longevity.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study
  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Age Factors
  • Animals
  • Disease Models, Animal
  • Female
  • Follow-Up Studies
  • Graft Survival
  • Life Expectancy
  • Longevity / physiology*
  • Mice
  • Mice, Inbred CBA
  • Organ Transplantation / methods
  • Ovariectomy*
  • Ovary / transplantation*
  • Probability
  • Random Allocation
  • Reference Values