Open Biology (Sep 2020)

Identification of putative calorie restriction mimetics using mammalian gene expression profiles

  • Alexei Vazquez

Journal volume & issue
Vol. 10, no. 9


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Obesity is a risk factor for cardiovascular diseases, diabetes and cancer. In theory, the obesity problem could be solved by the adherence to a calorie-restricted diet, but that is not generally achieved in practice. An alternative is a pharmacological approach, using compounds that trigger the same metabolic changes associated with calorie restriction. Here, I expand in the pharmacological direction by identifying compounds that induce liver gene signature profiles that mimic those induced by calorie restriction. Using gene expression profiles from mice and rat, I identify corticosteroids, PPAR agonists and some antibacterial/antifungal as candidate compounds mimicking the response to calorie restriction in the liver gene signatures.