Biochemistry (Moscow)

, Volume 78, Issue 9, pp 1043–1047 | Cite as

Advanced glycation of cellular proteins as a possible basic component of the “master biological clock”

  • F. F. Severin
  • B. A. Feniouk
  • V. P. SkulachevEmail author


During the last decade, evidence has been accumulating supporting the hypothesis that aging is genetically programmed and, therefore, precisely timed. This hypothesis poses a question: what is the mechanism of the biological clock that controls aging? Measuring the level of the advanced glycation end products (AGE) is one of the possible principles underlying the functioning of the biological clock. Protein glycation is an irreversible, non-enzymatic, and relatively slow process. Moreover, many types of cells have receptors that can measure AGE level. We propose the existence of a protein that has a lifespan comparable to that of the whole organism. Interaction of the advanced glycation end product generated from this protein with a specific AGE receptor might initiate apoptosis in a vitally important non-regenerating tissue that produces a primary juvenile hormone. This could result in the age-dependent decrease in the level of this hormone leading to aging of the organism.

Key words

biological clock aging protein glycation melatonin juvenile hormone AGE RAGE 



Advanced Glycation End products


gonadotropin-releasing hormone


mitochondrial reactive oxygen species


receptors of AGE


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Authors and Affiliations

  • F. F. Severin
    • 1
    • 2
  • B. A. Feniouk
    • 2
    • 3
  • V. P. Skulachev
    • 1
    • 2
    • 3
    Email author
  1. 1.Belozersky Institute of Physico-Chemical BiologyLomonosov Moscow State UniversityMoscowRussia
  2. 2.Institute of MitoengineeringLomonosov Moscow State UniversityMoscowRussia
  3. 3.Faculty of Bioengineering and BioinformaticsLomonosov Moscow State UniversityMoscowRussia

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