Key Age-Imposed Signaling Changes That Are Responsible for the Decline of Stem Cell Function

  • Melod Mehdipour
  • Yutong Liu
  • Chao Liu
  • Binod Kumar
  • Daehwan Kim
  • Ranveer Gathwala
  • Irina M. ConboyEmail author
Part of the Subcellular Biochemistry book series (SCBI, volume 90)


This chapter analyzes recent developments in the field of signal transduction of ageing with the focus on the age-imposed changes in TGF-beta/pSmad, Notch, Wnt/beta-catenin, and Jak/Stat networks. Specifically, this chapter delineates how the above-mentioned evolutionary-conserved morphogenic signaling pathways operate in young versus aged mammalian tissues, with insights into how the age-specific broad decline of stem cell function is precipitated by the deregulation of these key cell signaling networks. This chapter also provides perspectives onto the development of defined therapeutic approaches that aim to calibrate intensity of the determinant signal transduction to health-youth, thereby rejuvenating multiple tissues in older people.


Ageing Signaling pathways Altered signaling cascades Stem cells Stem cell nice TGF-β Smad Delta/Notch Wnt Beta-catenin Jak/STAT MAPK Cell growth Self-renewal Differentiation Inflammation Tissue injury Tissue regeneration Tissue health 



We thank Michael J. Conboy for helpful reading and editing the manuscript.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Melod Mehdipour
    • 1
  • Yutong Liu
    • 1
  • Chao Liu
    • 1
  • Binod Kumar
    • 1
  • Daehwan Kim
    • 1
  • Ranveer Gathwala
    • 1
  • Irina M. Conboy
    • 1
    Email author
  1. 1.BioengineeringUnivercity of California BerkeleyBerkeleyUSA

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