Mobilization-based transplantation of young-donor hematopoietic stem cells extends lifespan in mice

Aging Cell. 2020 Mar;19(3):e13110. doi: 10.1111/acel.13110. Epub 2020 Feb 3.


Mammalian aging is associated with reduced tissue regeneration and loss of physiological integrity. With age, stem cells diminish in their ability to regenerate adult tissues, likely contributing to age-related morbidity. Thus, we replaced aged hematopoietic stem cells (HSCs) with young-donor HSCs using a novel mobilization-enabled hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT) technology as an alternative to the highly toxic conditioning regimens used in conventional HSCT. Using this approach, we are the first to report an increase in median lifespan (12%) and a decrease in overall mortality hazard (HR: 0.42, CI: 0.273-0.638) in aged mice following transplantation of young-donor HSCs. The increase in longevity was accompanied by reductions of frailty measures and increases in food intake and body weight of aged recipients. Young-donor HSCs not only preserved youthful function within the aged bone marrow stroma, but also at least partially ameliorated dysfunctional hematopoietic phenotypes of aged recipients. This compelling evidence that mammalian health and lifespan can be extended through stem cell therapy adds a new category to the very limited list of successful anti-aging/life-extending interventions. Our findings have implications for further development of stem cell therapies for increasing health and lifespan.

Keywords: Aging; age-associated health deficit; hematopoietic stem cell transplantation; longevity; mobilization-based conditioning; mouse.

Publication types

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

MeSH terms

  • Age Factors
  • Animals
  • Body Weight
  • Bone Marrow / physiology
  • Cellular Senescence*
  • Eating
  • Female
  • Frailty / blood
  • Frailty / therapy*
  • Genotype
  • Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplantation / methods*
  • Longevity*
  • Mice
  • Mice, Inbred C57BL
  • Phenotype
  • Tissue Donors*
  • Transplant Recipients*