Proteostasis and longevity: When does aging really begin?

John Labbadia, Richard I. Morimoto*

*Corresponding author for this work

Research output: Contribution to journalReview articlepeer-review

81 Scopus citations


Aging is a complex process regulated by multiple cellular pathways, including the proteostasis network. The proteostasis network consists of molecular chaperones, stress-response transcription factors, and protein degradation machines that sense and respond to proteotoxic stress and protein misfolding to ensure cell viability. A loss of proteostasis is associated with aging and age-related disorders in diverse model systems, moreover, genetic or pharmacological enhancement of the proteostasis network has been shown to extend lifespan and suppress age-related disease. However, our understanding of the relationship between aging, proteostasis, and the proteostasis network remains unclear. Here, we propose, from studies in Caenorhabditis elegans, that proteostasis collapse is not gradual but rather a sudden and early life event that triggers proteome mismanagement, thereby affecting a multitude of downstream processes. Furthermore, we propose that this phenomenon is not stochastic but is instead a programmed re-modeling of the proteostasis network that may be conserved in other species. As such, we postulate that changes in the proteostasis network may be one of the earliest events dictating healthy aging in metazoans.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number7
JournalF1000Prime Reports
StatePublished - Feb 3 2014

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)


Dive into the research topics of 'Proteostasis and longevity: When does aging really begin?'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this