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Transgenerational fitness effects of lifespan extension by dietary restriction in Caenorhabditis elegans

By Edward Ivimey-Cook, Kris Sales, Hanne Carlsson, Simone Immler, Tracey Chapman, Alexei A. Maklakov

Posted 24 Jun 2020
bioRxiv DOI: 10.1101/2020.06.24.168922

Dietary restriction increases lifespan in a broad variety of organisms and improves health in humans. However, long-term transgenerational consequences of dietary interventions are poorly understood. Here we investigated the effect of dietary restriction by temporary fasting (TF) on mortality risk, age-specific reproduction and fitness across three generations of descendants in C. elegans. We show that while TF robustly reduces mortality risk and improves late-life reproduction in the parental generation (P0), it has a wide range of both positive and deleterious effects on future generations (F1-F3). Remarkably, great-grandparental exposure to TF in early-life reduces fitness and increases mortality risk of F3 descendants to such an extent that TF no longer promotes a lifespan extension. These findings reveal that transgenerational trade-offs accompany the instant benefits of dietary restriction underscoring the need to consider fitness of future generations in pursuit of healthy ageing. ### Competing Interest Statement The authors have declared no competing interest.

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