Office: 351 Linus Pauling Science Center
Email Address: Viviana.Pérez@oregonstate.edu
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Viviana Pérez, Ph.D.
Linus Pauling Institute
Oregon State University
307 Linus Pauling Science Center
Corvallis, OR 97331
My primary research focus is investigation of the role of protein homeostasis in aging. Studies in mice, Drosophila and C. elegans suggest that activities associated with protein homeostasis decrease during aging. Previously in our laboratory, we found that the proteomes of long-lived species (i.e., little brown bat and naked mole rat) are more resistant to both urea-induced and heat-induced unfolding than that of shorter-lived bats or mice. We have also shown more robust maintenance of the proteasome and lower levels of ubiquitinated proteins in old (20-yr) naked mole rats when compared to old (3-yr) mice, suggesting that long-lived species might have evolved enhanced chaperone-like activities to preserve protein structure and prevent misfolding/aggregation. Using a comparative biology approach, my laboratory investigates the role of proteostasis in longevity by studying the three important processes that affect protein homeostasis: protein aggregation, protein folding (chaperones), and protein degradation.
My second area of interest includes studies on dietary restriction and rapamycin. The rationale for this study is that both interventions extend lifespan in rodents, and previous data suggest that dietary restriction and rapamycin could be acting via similar mechanisms. To test this, I am developing a study that compares the lifespan of mice maintained under four conditions: ad libitum feeding, dietary restriction, ad libitum feeding plus rapamycin, dietary restriction plus rapamycin. If rapamycin and dietary restriction act via the same mechanism, the effects of dietary restriction and rapamycin on lifespan should not be additive. If this is found to be the case, it will have a big impact on the aging field. It will provide a better understanding of the aging process, spur the development of caloric restriction mimetics, and generate new insights regarding human aging.
|2004-2011||Postdoc, Barshop Institute for Longevity and Aging Studies, University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio|
|2004||Ph.D., University of Chile|
|1997||Pharmaceutical Chemist (with Maximal Distinction), Pharmacy School, University of Chile|
|1994||Licensed in Pharmaceutical Chemistry (with Distinction), Pharmacy School, University of Chile|
|2011-present||Principal Investigator, Linus Pauling Institute, Oregon State University|
|2010-2011||Assistant Professor/Research, Barshop Institute for Longevity and Aging Studies, Department of Cellular and Structural Biology, University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio|
|2010||Ellison Medical Foundation New Scholar in Aging Award|
|2009||Travel award sponsored by AFAR's Dorothy Dillon Eweson Lecture Series on Advances in Aging Research for the 2009 Gordon Research Conference onOxidative Stress and Disease, Lucca (Barga) Italy|
|2009||Selected for a short talk in Gordon Research Conference on Oxidative Stress andDisease, Lucca (Barga) Italy|
|2008||Ellison Medical Foundation/AFAR Senior Postdoctoral Award|
|2008||Barbara H Bowman Postdoctoral Research Award|
|2007||Paul E. Glenn Award for postdoctoral research from American Aging Association, 36th Annual Meeting, San Antonio, TX|
|2007||Travel award from American Aging Association - 36th Annual Meeting, San Antonio, TX|
|2007||Invited as a Faculty/Instructor in Molecular Biology on Aging Course, Marine Biology Laboratory, Woods Hole, MA|
|2006||Accepted for Fourteenth Annual Summer Training Course in Experimental Aging Research, Buck Institute, Novato, CA|
|2006||Accepted for participation in Postdoctoral Career Workshop, The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, TX|
|2005||Accepted for participation in Molecular Biology on Aging Course, Marine Biology Laboratory, Woods Hole, MA|
|2001-2003||FONDECYT grant for Ph.D dissertation (Chilean Ph.D grant)|
|2000-2003||CONICYT Fellowship (Chilean fellowship for graduate student)|
|Free Radical Biology and Medicine|
|American Aging Association|
Fok WC, Zhang Y, Salmon AB, Bhattacharya A, Gunda R, Jones D, Ward W, Fisher K, Richardson A, Pérez VI. (2012) Short-term treatment with rapamycin and dietary restriction have overlapping and distinctive effects in young mice. J Gerontol A Biol Sci Med Sci 68:108-116.
Pérez VI, Cortez LA, Lew CM, Rodriguez M, Webb CR, Van Remmen H, Chaudhuri A, Qi W, Lee S, Bokov A, Fok W, Jones D, Richardson A, Yodoi J, Zhang Y, Tominaga K, Hubbard GB, Ikeno Y. (2011) Thioredoxin 1 overexpression extends mainly the earlier part of life span in mice. J Gerontol A Biol Sci Med Sci 66:1286-1299.
Rodriguez KA, Wywial E, Pérez VI, Lambert AJ, Edrey YH, Lewis KN, Grimes K, Lindsey ML, Brand MD, Buffenstein R. (2011) Walking the oxidative stress tightrope: a perspective from the naked mole-rat, the longest-living rodent. Curr Pharm Des 17:2290-2307.
Pérez VI, Pierce A, de Waal EM, Ward WF, Bokov A, Chaudhuri A, Richardson A. (2010) Detection and quantification of protein disulfides in biological tissues a fluorescence-based proteomic approach. Methods Enzymol 473:161-177.
Salmon AB, Richardson A, Pérez VI. (2009) Update on the oxidative stress theory of aging: does oxidative stress play a role in aging or healthy aging? Free Radic Biol Med 48:642-655.
Jang YC, Pérez VI, Song W, Lustgarten MS, Salmon AB, Mele J, Qi W, Liu Y, Liang H, Chaudhuri A, Ikeno Y, Epstein CJ, Van Remmen H, Richardson A. (2009) Overexpression of Mn superoxide dismutase does not increase life span in mice. J Gerontol A Biol Sci Med Sci 64:1114-1125.
name,name Pérez VI, Bokov A, Van Remmen H, Mele J, Ran Q, Ikeno Y, Richardson A. (2009) Is the oxidative stress theory of aging dead? Biochim Biophys Acta 1790:1005-1014.
Salmon AB, Pérez VI, Bokov A, Jernigan A, Kim G, Zhao H, Levine RL, Richardson A. (2009) Lack of methionine sulfoxide reductase A in mice increases sensitivity to oxidative stress but does not diminish life span. FASEB J 23:3601-3608.
Pérez VI, Buffenstein R, Masamsetti V, Leonard S, Salmon AB, Mele J, Andziak B, Yang T, Edrey Y, Friguet B, Ward W, Richardson A, Chaudhuri A. (2009) Protein stability and resistance to oxidative stress are determinants of longevity in the longest-living rodent, the naked mole-rat. Proc Natl Acad Sci USA 106:3059-3064.
Pérez VI, Van Remmen H, Bokov A, Epstein CJ, Vijg J, Richardson A. (2009) The overexpression of major antioxidant enzymes does not extend the lifespan of mice. Aging Cell 8:73-75.