Hippocampal gene network analysis suggests that coral calcium hydride may reduce accelerated senescence in mice

Nutr Res. 2011 Nov;31(11):863-72. doi: 10.1016/j.nutres.2011.09.011.


Recent studies strongly support the hypothesis that an antioxidant diet inhibits the pathologic aging process as shown in senescence-accelerated mouse prone 8 (SAM/P-8). In our previous study in coral calcium hydride (CCH), we reported that a diet rich in antioxidants inhibited the pathologic aging process, increased the endogenous antioxidant ability, and contributed to prolonging the lifespan of SAM/P-8. To test the hypothesis that antioxidant CCH supplementation to SAM/P-8 mice would change the gene expression and to understand how CCH reverses the acceleration of aging in SAM/P-8 mice, we used a DNA array to compare the expression levels in the hippocampus of the brains from 16-week-old SAM/P-8 mice that were either treated or not treated with CCH. The most significant up-regulated changes in the gene network of SAM/P-8 mice were free radical scavenging and molecular transport, whereas genes associated with cell death, cancer, and cell cycle were down-regulated. Our findings regarding the changes in these messenger RNA might be associated with the inhibition of the acceleration of aging, as observed in SAM/P-8 mice fed a CCH diet.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Aging / drug effects
  • Aging, Premature / drug therapy*
  • Aging, Premature / metabolism
  • Animals
  • Anthozoa*
  • Calcium / administration & dosage*
  • Cell Death / genetics
  • Cell Movement / genetics
  • Diet
  • Gene Expression
  • Gene Expression Profiling*
  • Gene Regulatory Networks / genetics
  • Hippocampus / metabolism*
  • Immunity / genetics
  • Male
  • Mice
  • Oligonucleotide Array Sequence Analysis


  • Calcium