The journals of gerontology. Series A, Biological sciences and medical sciences

Assessment of mitochondrial biogenesis and mTORC1 signaling during chronic rapamycin feeding in male and female mice.

PMID 23657975


Chronic inhibition of the protein synthesis regulator mTORC1 through rapamycin extends life span in mice, with longer extension in females than in males. Whether rapamycin treatment inhibits protein synthesis or whether it does so differently between sexes has not been examined. UM-HET3 mice were fed a control or rapamycin-supplemented (Rap) diet for 12 weeks. Protein synthesis in mixed, cytosolic (cyto), and mitochondrial (mito) fractions and DNA synthesis and mTORC1 signaling were determined in skeletal muscle, heart, and liver. In both sexes, mito protein synthesis was maintained in skeletal muscle from Rap despite decreases in mixed and cyto fractions, DNA synthesis, and rpS6 phosphorylation. In the heart, no change in protein synthesis occurred despite the decreased DNA synthesis. In the heart and liver, Rap males were more sensitive to mTORC1 inhibition than Rap females. In conclusion, we show changes in protein synthesis and mTORC1 signaling that differ by sex and tissue.