FBR: Carlos G. Dotti

12nov12:3013:30FBR: Carlos G. DottiAge-mediated changes in plasma membrane fluidity: how these changes occur and how they contribute to the cognitive deficits of the old

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Age-mediated changes in plasma membrane fluidity: how these changes occur and how they contribute to the cognitive deficits of the old.

Speaker: Carlos G. Dotti
Institution: Centro de Biología Molecular Severo Ochoa, CSIC/AUM, Madrid
Place: CIPF conference room

Abstract: Aging determines the occurrence of changes in a panoply of biochemical / molecular hubs, each contributing to the typical deficits of age. In fact, aging comes with alterations in genomic and non-genomic activities, including among the latter, but not only, defects in mitochondrial function, intracellular trafficking, proteostasis, in the response to cellular stress and in the control of intracellular calcium. What mechanism could act upstream of these defects, responsible for each of them occurring? In other words: is there a “master” change with age, upstream of all (or some) defects that occur with age? A defect that could fulfill the “upstream” role is membrane signaling: it occurs early after cell maturation and follows a gradual course, it occurs in all cells of our organs and tissues and influences genomic activity. Although the best-known example of defective membrane signalling with age is brain insulin resistance, age is also accompanied by resistance to thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH), to growth hormone, orexin, corticosteroid hormones, fibroblast growth factor and more. Moreover, defective membrane signalling is also evident for neurotransmitter signalling. Therefore, understanding the mechanisms underlying the changes in plasma membrane signalling with age could open avenues of intervention to reduce the sensory, motor and cognitive deficits that occur with age. In my talk I will present data that suggest that small but persistent changes in the lipid composition of the plasma membrane with aging cause different types of receptors to lose functional capacity, and how these changes occur.


(Friday) 12:30 - 13:30(GMT+01:00)


Centro de Investigación Príncipe Felipe

Eduardo Primo Yúfera, 3 Valencia Spain

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