Reproductive Ageing

  • Cheng Shi
  • Coleen T. MurphyEmail author
Part of the Healthy Ageing and Longevity book series (HAL)


Reproductive senescence is common in many species across great evolutionary distances. Reproductive ageing occurs in mid-adulthood, earlier than most age-related somatic declines manifest. In this chapter, we review the most recent progress in the field of C. elegans reproductive ageing. We first introduce and compare the available methods of measuring reproductive ageing in C. elegans, then summarize the current knowledge of C. elegans reproductive ageing regulation. We also compare and contrast C. elegans and human/mammalian reproductive decline, and illustrate why C. elegans is a good model to study reproductive ageing. Finally, we discuss how the knowledge gained from worm studies may contribute to the understanding of the relationship between reproductive ageing and somatic longevity. With the proper choice of measurements, screen design, and the development of automatic high throughput assays, more exciting discoveries will be made in the C. elegans reproductive ageing field, which will greatly contribute to our understanding of not only how the reproductive system ages, but also how it is coordinated with the ageing of somatic tissues.


C. elegans Reproduction Ageing Longevity Insulin signalling Reproductive ageing TGF-β 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.LSI Genomics and Department of Molecular BiologyPrinceton UniversityPrincetonUSA
  2. 2.Glenn Center for Aging ResearchPrinceton UniversityPrincetonUSA

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