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Can we become like ruminants?
mccoy posted a topic in CR PracticeIn the wake of my recent listening to interviews to Dr Don Layman, which I expanded in other threads, I came across this overly interesting concept which is directly applicable to CR and specifically to protein restriction. It also answered to my question: if ruminants can produce essential amino acids from a nitrogen and carbon substrate, how can gorillas for example, who are not ruminants but big and very strong primates, live off a prevalent diet of foliage? There have been studies (in lab rats) which show that in a chronically protein-restricted diet, if enough fiber of enough variety is provided, the FGF21 hepatic signal is attenuated, which means that the body does not sense any longer the stress given by protein restriction. The hypothesis here is that in a state of chronical protein restriction, given a sufficient amount of dietary fiber, some lineages of gut bacteria thrive which can synthetize essential amino acids from a carbon and nitrogen substrate (of course the diet must provide such a substrate, from example from non essential amino acids). This phenomenon of mammals becoming ruminant-like has been studied in the following interesting article. MAybe it has been previously cited in this forum but I do not remember it. https://www.nature.com/articles/s41467-021-24074-z Gut microbiota mediate the FGF21 adaptive stress response to chronic dietary protein-restriction in mice Anthony Martin, Gertrude Ecklu-Mensah, Connie W. Y. Ha, Gustaf Hendrick, Donald K. Layman, Jack Gilbert & Suzanne Devkota Nature Communications volume 12, Article number: 3838 (2021) Cite this article
Most rodent CR experiments use very severe CR that humans can't tolerate. Lifespan studies suggest that the extension of healthy life is proportional to the degree of CR, starting from a mouse colony's characteristic nonobese baseline. A series of studies in posted in this week's Weekly research updates by CR Society Board member James Cain drills down into the anthropometric and metabolic effects of graded doses of CR, and the parallels (or not!) of equivalent levels of protein restriction. Plus the effects of CR iin lean and obese strains of laboratory ra, and the effects of methionine restriction on adipose tissue mitochondria.