Special Issue "Autophagy Meets Aging 2023"

A special issue of Cells (ISSN 2073-4409). This special issue belongs to the section "Autophagy".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 25 April 2024 | Viewed by 268

Special Issue Editors

Department of Aging and Geriatric Research, Institute on Aging, Division of Biology of Aging, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL 32611, USA
Interests: metabolism; autophagy; mitochondria; genome instability; inflammation and aging
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1. Department of Medicine and Surgery, Lum Jean Monnet University, 70010 Casamassima, Italy
2. Department of Geriatrics, Neuroscience and Orthopedics, Fondazione Policlinico Universitario "A. Gemelli", IRCCS, 00168 Rome, Italy
Interests: autophagy; biogerontology; biomarkers; exosomes; inflamm-aging; metabolic markers; mitochondria; mitochondrial DNA; mitophagy; mitochondrial damage
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Aging is marked by multiple biological disarrangements that predispose older individuals to increased vulnerability to the development of chronic diseases (e.g., cancer, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, neurodegeneration) and functional decline.

Declines in autophagy and cellular quality control systems are advocated as being among pillars of the aging process by contributing to the accrual of intracellular “waste” (e.g., protein aggregates, damaged mitochondria, and lipofuscin). Organelle-specific forms of autophagy (including mitophagy, which selectively targets mitochondria) have been identified. Due to the pro-inflammatory nature of some intracellular components, the coordinated activity of these recycling machineries is especially relevant for limiting inflamm-aging through efficient housekeeping.

This Special Issue aims to gather contributions on age-related changes in autophagy and other cellular quality control processes from different, yet complementary, points of view, by convening clinicians and basic researchers working in the field of biogerontology in humans and pre-clinical models. If the molecular determinants of these changes were to be unveiled, innovative anti-aging remedies and personalized interventions targeting cellular quality control could be developed for extending both health- and lifespan.

We therefore invite you to submit your latest original research or review articles to this Special Issue.

Prof. Dr. Christiaan Leeuwenburgh
Dr. Anna Picca
Guest Editors

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  • aging
  • autophagy
  • cellular quality control
  • mitochondrial dysfunction
  • redox biology
  • extracellular vesicles trafficking
  • inflammation
  • biomarkers
  • omics
  • behavioral and pharmacological interventions

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