Redox and metabolic mechanisms lie at the heart of stem cell survival and regenerative activity. NRF2 is a major transcriptional controller of cellular redox and metabolic homeostasis, which has also been implicated in ageing and lifespan regulation. However, NRF2’s role in stem cells and their functioning with age is only just emerging. Here, focusing mainly on neural stem cells, which are core to adult brain plasticity and function, we review recent findings that identify NRF2 as a fundamental player in stem cell biology and ageing. We also discuss NRF2-based molecular programs that may govern stem cell state and function with age, and implications of this for age-related pathologies.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number690686
JournalFrontiers in Aging
StatePublished - 2021


  • NRF2
  • ageing
  • metabolism
  • neural stem cells
  • redox

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Aging
  • Genetics
  • Molecular Biology
  • Physiology


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