AMPK Function in Aging Process

Curr Drug Targets. 2016;17(8):932-41. doi: 10.2174/1389450116666151102095825.


Aging involves the progressive deterioration of physiological functions, diminishing the individual's capacity for survival. Indeed, aging is the main risk factor for cancer, diabetes, cardiovascular disorders and neurodegenerative diseases. The discovery that the rate of aging is controlled by conserved genetic and biochemical pathways represented an unprecedented advance in aging research. The AMPK protein is a metabolic sensor that acts as a qualified cellular housekeeper, as well as controlling energy homeostasis and resistance to stress. Thus, the correct regulation of this factor enhances health and survival. In this manuscript we will review the molecular pathways regulated by AMPK that are related to the aging process, paying special attention to mitochondrial dysfunction, metabolic deregulation, cell senescence and autophagy.

Publication types

  • Review
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • AMP-Activated Protein Kinases / metabolism*
  • Aging / physiology*
  • Animals
  • Autophagy
  • Cellular Senescence
  • Gene Expression Regulation, Enzymologic
  • Homeostasis
  • Humans
  • Mitochondria / physiology*
  • Phosphorylation
  • Signal Transduction


  • AMP-Activated Protein Kinases