Metabolic adaptations to methionine restriction that benefit health and lifespan in rodents

Exp Gerontol. 2013 Jul;48(7):654-60. doi: 10.1016/j.exger.2012.07.005. Epub 2012 Jul 20.


Restriction of dietary methionine by 80% slows the progression of aged-related diseases and prolongs lifespan in rodents. A salient feature of the methionine restriction phenotype is the significant reduction of adipose tissue mass, which is associated with improvement of insulin sensitivity. These beneficial effects of MR involve a host of metabolic adaptations leading to increased mitochondrial biogenesis and function, elevated energy expenditure, changes of lipid and carbohydrate homeostasis, and decreased oxidative damage and inflammation. This review summarizes observations from MR studies and provides insight about potential mediators of tissue-specific responses associated with MR's favorable metabolic effects that contribute to health and lifespan extension.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Adaptation, Physiological
  • Adiposity
  • Age Factors
  • Aging / metabolism*
  • Animals
  • Diet*
  • Energy Metabolism*
  • Humans
  • Insulin Resistance
  • Methionine / deficiency*
  • Mice
  • Oxidative Stress
  • Phenotype
  • Rats
  • Rodentia


  • Methionine