The International Journal of Developmental Biology

Int. J. Dev. Biol. 62: 583 - 590 (2018)

Vol 62, Issue 6-7-8

Special Issue: Regeneration

New mechanisms driving muscle stem cell regenerative decline with aging

Review | Published: 21 June 2018

Pedro Sousa-Victor1, Laura García-Prat2,4, Pura Muñoz-Cánoves*,3,4

1Paul F. Glenn Center for Biology of Aging Research, Buck Institute for Research on Aging, 2Princess Margaret Cancer Centre, University Health Network, 3Department of Experimental and Health Sciences, Pompeu Fabra University (UPF), CIBER on Neurodegenerative diseases (CIBERNED), ICREA, Barcelona, Spain and 4Spanish National Center on Cardiovascular Research (CNIC), Madrid, Spain


Stem cells must preserve their function in order to sustain organ and tissue formation, homeostasis and repair. Adult stem cells, particularly those resident in tissues with little turnover, remain quiescent for most of their life, activating only in response to regenerative demands. Among the best studied long-lived quiescent stem cells are skeletal muscle stem cells, which are fully equipped to sustain repair in response to tissue trauma. Recent evidence indicates that the preservation of muscle stem-cell quiescence and regenerative capacity depends on intracellular networks linking metabolism and protein homeostasis. Here, we review recent research into how these networks control stem cell function and how their dysregulation contributes to aging, with a particular focus on senescence entry in extreme old age. We also discuss the implications of these new findings for anti-aging research in muscle stem-cell-based regenerative medicine.


stem cell, proteostasis, metabolism, aging, regeneration

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