Serum profiling of healthy aging identifies phospho- and sphingolipid species as markers of human longevity

Ivan Montoliu, Max Scherer, Fiona Beguelin, Laeticia DaSilva, Daniela Mari, Stefano Salvioli, François Pierre J Martin, Miriam Capri, Laura Bucci, Rita Ostan, Paolo Garagnani, Daniela Monti, Elena Biagi, Patrizia Brigidi, Martin Kussmann, Serge Rezzi, Claudio Franceschi, Sebastiano Collino

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As centenarians well represent the model of healthy aging, there are many important implications in revealing the underlying molecular mechanisms behind such successful aging. By combining NMR metabonomics and shot-gun lipidomics in serum we analyzed metabolome and lipidome composition of a group of centenarians with respect to elderly individuals. Specifically, NMR metabonomics profiling of serum revealed that centenarians are characterized by a metabolic phenotype distinct from that of elderly subjects, in particular regarding amino acids and lipid species. Shot- gun lipidomics approach displays unique changes in lipids biosynthesis in centenarians, with 41 differently abundant lipid species with respect to elderly subjects. These findings reveal phospho/sphingolipids as putative markers and biological modulators of healthy aging, in humans. Considering the particular actions of these metabolites, these data are suggestive of a better counteractive antioxidant capacity and a well-developed membrane lipid remodelling process in the healthy aging phenotype.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)9-25
Number of pages17
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2014


  • Biomarkers
  • Healthy aging
  • Inflammageing
  • Lipidomics
  • Metabolomics

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ageing
  • Cell Biology


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