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Higher resting metabolic rate in long-lived breeding Ansell’s mole-rats (Fukomys anselli)

Overview of attention for article published in Frontiers in Zoology, September 2017
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Higher resting metabolic rate in long-lived breeding Ansell’s mole-rats (Fukomys anselli)
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Frontiers in Zoology, September 2017
DOI 10.1186/s12983-017-0229-6
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Charlotte Katharina Maria Schielke, Hynek Burda, Yoshiyuki Henning, Jan Okrouhlík, Sabine Begall


Reproduction is an energetically expensive process that supposedly impairs somatic integrity in the long term, because resources are limited and have to be allocated between reproduction and somatic maintenance, as predicted by the life history trade-off model. The consequence of reduced investment in somatic maintenance is a gradual deterioration of function, i.e. senescence. However, this classical trade-off model gets challenged by an increasing number of contradicting studies. Here we report about an animal model, which adds more complexity to the ongoing debate. Ansell's mole-rats are long-lived social subterranean rodents with only the founder pair reproducing, while most of their offspring remain in the parental burrow system and do not breed. Despite of a clear reproductive trade-off, breeders live up to twice as long as non-breeders, a unique feature amongst mammals. We investigated mass-specific resting metabolic rates (msRMR) of breeders and non-breeders to gain information about the physiological basis underlying the reproduction-associated longevity in Ansell's mole-rats. We assessed the thermoneutral zone (TNZ) for breeders and non-breeders separately by means of indirect calorimetry. We applied generalized linear mixed-effects models for repeated measurements using the msRMR in the respective TNZs. TNZ differed between reproductive and non-reproductive Ansell's mole-rats. Contrary to classical aging models, the shorter-lived non-breeders had significantly lower msRMR within the thermoneutral zone compared to breeders. This is the first study reporting a positive correlation between msRMR and lifespan based on reproductive status. Our finding contradicts common aging theories, but supports recently introduced models which do not necessarily link reproductive trade-offs to lifespan reduction.

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Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Master 3 27%
Professor 1 9%
Student > Doctoral Student 1 9%
Researcher 1 9%
Professor > Associate Professor 1 9%
Other 0 0%
Unknown 4 36%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 4 36%
Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology 2 18%
Environmental Science 1 9%
Unknown 4 36%

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