Scientists find key to ageing process in hypothalamus

US scientists have derived a mechanism to control ageing in mice through Hypothalamus – opens up new techniques to fight against old age diseases and extend lifespan.

What is Hypothalamus?

The Hypothalamus is a portion of brain that contains the number of small nuclei which performs a function to link nervous system to the endocrine system through pituitary gland.  It plays a vital role in growth, development, reproduction and metabolism.

How Hypothalamus affect ageing?

In a study, a chemical called NF-κB (nuclear factor kappa-light-chain-enhancer of activated B cells) placed in center of brain has inverse relationship with life of mice. As NF-kB chemical is blocked, the life of mice increased to 1100 days as comparison to 600 -1000 days with the substance.

Absence of component makes muscles and bones stronger with healthier skin.

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