Time Course for Fasting-induced Autophagy in Humans
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|ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT04842864|
Recruitment Status : Recruiting
First Posted : April 13, 2021
Last Update Posted : February 2, 2022
|Condition or disease||Intervention/treatment||Phase|
|Fasting Autophagy Aging Well Ketosis, Metabolic||Behavioral: Fasting||Not Applicable|
Autophagy is a cellular quality control pathway that degrades aged or damaged organelles and protein aggregates within lysosomes. By doing so, autophagy provides an alternate source of energy for cells to cope with adverse conditions. The level of autophagy determines the degree to which aged cells are able to eliminate damaged organelles and/or toxic aggregates and mount a protective response against stress. At the physiological level, nutrient deprivation or fasting is one of the most robust stimuli for autophagy across diverse experimental systems.1 Our lab has shown important roles for autophagy in lipid/glucose homeostasis and regulation of energy balance. We have found that autophagy degrades cellular lipid stores via a process we described as lipophagy. We have also shown contributions of autophagy to the regulation of feeding as well as its developmental roles in maintenance of muscle and fat mass. In addition to these physiological functions, a number of studies have revealed that mice lacking autophagy in the central nervous system show rapid onset of neurodegeneration and an early death.2,3 These studies support a central role of autophagy in the maintenance of healthspan.
It is well-established that autophagy activity declines with age, which has led to the hypothesis that autophagy failure contributes to the metabolic syndrome of aging. In fact, young mice with tissue-specific knockout of the autophagy gene Atg7 display features of aging, including loss of muscle mass (mimicking sarcopenia of aging), fatty liver, decreased adipose lipolysis, de-differentiation of brown fat, and pancreatic β-cell dysfunction.4-6 Conversely, restoration of autophagy via pharmacological or genetic approaches prevents age-associated decline in cell function and improves stress response-thus directly extending healthspan. As a consequence, there is great interest in developing new experimental approaches to prevent age-associated chronic diseases. In fact, caloric restriction (CR) has been shown to stimulate autophagy and extend lifespan and healthspan in multiple experimental models. While these CR studies were carried out in simpler organisms, such as flies, worms, and mice,7-9 similar studies in humans are largely lacking. Since autophagy is activated by starvation, the prevailing hypothesis is that caloric restriction (CR) or more physiological approaches such as intermittent fasting will stimulate autophagy in humans, which in turn will prevent or retard the onset of age-associated chronic diseases. There is limited knowledge if indeed extended periods of fasting will activate autophagy in humans. In addition, we do not know what duration of fasting may be required to stimulate autophagy in humans. Finally, we do not know if, nor by how much, fasting-induced autophagy is reduced in aging humans. Due to the aforementioned gaps in our knowledge regarding autophagy in humans, in this study we will test the ability of extended periods of restriction to food to stimulate autophagy in healthy, young individuals. Further, we will compare the extent to which autophagy is reduced in healthy older subjects, when compared to those observed in young controls. In our study, we will be using samples of adipose tissue, a metabolically active endocrine organ, and peripheral blood cells, which have both been evaluated in prior autophagy studies and can be obtained in a less invasive manner.
|Study Type :||Interventional (Clinical Trial)|
|Estimated Enrollment :||20 participants|
|Intervention Model:||Parallel Assignment|
|Masking:||None (Open Label)|
|Primary Purpose:||Basic Science|
|Official Title:||Time Course for Fasting-induced Autophagy in Humans|
|Actual Study Start Date :||November 19, 2021|
|Estimated Primary Completion Date :||May 31, 2022|
|Estimated Study Completion Date :||February 1, 2023|
10 healthy men and women 18-35 yo.
23 hours fasting
Active Comparator: Older adults
10 healthy men and women 65-85 yo
23 hours fasting
- Autophagy flux [ Time Frame: 23 hours ]The turnover rate of the autophagosome marker LC3-II will be assessed. LC3-II flux will be performed in freshly isolated fat tissues and in PBMCs at various timepoints. Freshly collected fat tissue explants and PBMCs will be incubated in dishes with high-glucose culture medium (DMEM) in the presence or absence of lysosomal inhibitors (Lys Inh), leupeptin (200uM) and ammonium chloride (20uM) at 37°C, 5% CO2 for 4 hours. Fat explants and scraped PMBC pellets will then be homogenized in a buffer containing protease and phosphatase inhibitors and subjected to immunoblotting for LC3. Autophagy flux will be determined by subtracting the densitometric value of LC3-II in Lys Inh-untreated samples from the Lys Inh-treated samples.
- Level of ketone bodies [ Time Frame: 23 hours ]Levels of ketones in the plasma will be assessed with blood draws at various timepoints.
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|Contact: Jill Crandall, MD||718-430-3765||Jill.firstname.lastname@example.org|
|United States, New York|
|Albert Einstein College of Medicine||Recruiting|
|Bronx, New York, United States, 10461|
|Contact: Janet O Brown, RN 347-658-2006 email@example.com|
|Contact: Amanda Pechman, MD|
|Principal Investigator:||Jill Crandall, MD||Albert Einstein College of Medicine|
|Principal Investigator:||Nir Barzilai, MD||Albert Einstein College of Medicine|
|Principal Investigator:||Rajat Singh, MD||Albert Einstein College of Medicine|