Innate sensitivity to stress facilitates inflammation, alters metabolism and shortens lifespan in a mouse model of social hierarchy

Maryia Bairachnaya, Oryan Agranyoni, Marina Antoch, Izhak Michaelevski, Albert Pinhasov

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Abstract

It is known that stress alters homeostasis and may lead to accelerated aging. However, little is known about the contribution of innate susceptibility to stress to the deterioration of physiological functions, acceleration of aging and developing of age-related diseases. By using socially-submissive stress susceptible (Sub) and socially-dominant stress resilient (Dom) selectively bred mouse model we observed a marked reduction in the lifespan of both male and female Sub mice. We found that innate susceptibility to stress correlates with chronic inflammation, development of splenomegaly and a significant increase in the levels of circulating pro-inflammatory cytokines IL-1β and IL-6. Furthermore, Sub mice showed a marked hypoglycemia, reduction of insulin levels, increase in GSK3 activity and elevation of IGF-1 serum levels, as well as low skin surface temperature and body weight. Interestingly, lifelong exposure of Sub mice to chronic mild stress did not further reduce their lifespan, indicating a high level of intrinsic stress. Taken together, our data reveal that social submissiveness coupled with innate stress sensitivity coincides with inflammation, leading to the deterioration of physiological functions and early aging independent of whether an individual is exposed to stress or not.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)9901-9911
Number of pages11
JournalAging
Volume11
Issue number21
DOIs
StatePublished - 2019

Keywords

  • Aging
  • Chronic inflammation
  • IGF-1
  • Social behavior
  • Stress sensitivity

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