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Mechanisms of Ageing and Development

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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214534/demographic-phenotypic-and-genetic-characteristics-of-centenarians-in-okinawa-and-honshu-japan-part-2-honshu-japan
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Yasumichi Arai, Takashi Sasaki, Nobuyoshi Hirose
The scope and purpose of this review was to summarize the aims, methods, findings, and future of centenarian and (semi)-supercentenarian studies in Japan, particularly those from our own interdisciplinary laboratory. Medically, approximately 97% of centenarians contract chronic diseases including hypertension and gastrointestinal disease; however, they present with few cardiovascular risk factors. The low prevalence of diabetes mellitus and carotid atherosclerotic plaques are peculiarities of centenarians, which could be associated with high adiponectin levels...
February 15, 2017: Mechanisms of Ageing and Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213011/calorie-restriction-promotes-cardiolipin-biosynthesis-and-distribution-between-mitochondrial-membranes
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Luis Alberto Luévano-Martínez, Maria Fernanda Forni, Julia Peloggia, Ii-Sei Watanabe, Alicia J Kowaltowski
Calorie restriction (CR) has been amply demonstrated to modify mitochondrial function. However, little is known regarding the effects of this dietary regimen on mitochondrial membranes. We isolated phospholipids from rat liver mitochondria from animals on CR or ad libitum diets and found that mitochondria from ad libitum animals present an increased content of lipoperoxides and the content of cardiolipin. Cardiolipin is the main anionic phospholipid present in mitochondrial membranes, and plays a key role in mitochondrial function, signaling and stress response...
February 14, 2017: Mechanisms of Ageing and Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28167122/the-concept-of-ageing-in-evolutionary-algorithms-discussion-and-inspirations-for-human-ageing
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Christos Dimopoulos, Panagiotis Papageorgis, George Boustras, Christodoulos Efstathiades
This paper discusses the concept of ageing as this applies to the operation of Evolutionary Algorithms, and examines its relationship to the concept of ageing as this is understood for human beings. Evolutionary Algorithms constitute a family of search algorithms which base their operation on an analogy from the evolution of species in nature. The paper initially provides the necessary knowledge on the operation of Evolutionary Algorithms, focusing on the use of ageing strategies during the implementation of the evolutionary process...
February 4, 2017: Mechanisms of Ageing and Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28163108/consumption-of-protein-enriched-milk-has-minor-effects-on-inflammation-in-older-adults-a-12-week-double-blind-randomized-controlled-trial
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Gyrd O Gjevestad, Inger Ottestad, Anne Sofie Biong, Per Ole Iversen, Kjetil Retterstøl, Truls Raastad, Bjørn S Skålhegg, Stine M Ulven, Kirsten B Holven
INTRODUCTION: Aging is associated with increased levels of circulating inflammatory markers and reduced muscle mass and strength. OBJECTIVE: We investigated whether intake of protein-enriched milk for 12 weeks would influence markers of inflammation among adults ≥70years of age with reduced physical strength. METHODS: In a double-blind randomized controlled intervention study, subjects were randomly allocated into two groups, receiving a protein-enriched milk (2×20g protein/d, n=14, mean (±SD) age 76...
February 3, 2017: Mechanisms of Ageing and Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28163107/glycation-stimulates-cutaneous-monocyte-differentiation-in-reconstructed-skin-in-vitro
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H Pageon, H Zucchi, F Rousset, S Hubert, E Tancrede, D Asselineau
Glycation reaction is a recognized mechanism related to chronological aging. Previous investigations in cutaneous biology have considered the effect of glycation on the dermal matrix molecules, involved in tissue stiffening during skin aging. However, little is known about a possible direct effect of glycation upon cell differentiation. To address such issue, the effect of glycation has been re-investigated in a reconstructed skin model integrating monocytes that are cells capable of differentiating according to different pathways...
February 2, 2017: Mechanisms of Ageing and Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28161355/tracking-senescent-cells-a-new-biomarker-assay-opens-new-avenues-in-senescence-research
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Arturo Bujarrabal, Björn Schumacher
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
February 1, 2017: Mechanisms of Ageing and Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28143747/limitations-and-risks-of-meta-analyses-of-longevity-studies
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Paola Sebastiani, Harold Bae, Anastasia Gurinovich, Mette Soerensen, Annibale Puca, Thomas T Perls
Searching for genetic determinants of human longevity has been challenged by the rarity of data sets with large numbers of individuals who have reached extreme old age, inconsistent definitions of the phenotype, and the difficulty of defining appropriate controls. Meta-analysis - a statistical method to summarize results from different studies - has become a common tool in genetic epidemiology to accrue large sample sizes for powerful genetic association studies. In conducting a meta-analysis of studies of human longevity however, particular attention must be made to the definition of cases and controls (including their health status) and on the effect of possible confounders such as sex and ethnicity upon the genetic effect to be estimated...
January 28, 2017: Mechanisms of Ageing and Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28119001/micrornas-in-brain-aging
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Chand Parvez Danka Mohammed, Jun Soo Park, Hong Gil Nam, Keetae Kim
Brain aging is one of the most crucial biological processes that affect the physiological balance between health and disease. Age-associated dysfunction of brain leads to severe health problems in current aging society. MicroRNAs (miRNAs) have emerged as important regulators in most physiological processes including fine-tuning of the short-term, cellular regulatory functions as well as modulation of long-term organismal lifespan. In this review, we discuss critical roles of miRNAs in the progression of normal and pathological brain aging...
January 21, 2017: Mechanisms of Ageing and Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28115210/the-methylation-of-nuclear-and-mitochondrial-dna-in-ageing-phenotypes-and-longevity
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Maria Giulia Bacalini, Patrizia D'Aquila, Elena Marasco, Christine Nardini, Alberto Montesanto, Claudio Franceschi, Giuseppe Passarino, Paolo Garagnani, Dina Bellizzi
An increasing body of data is progressively indicating that the comprehension of the epigenetic landscape, actively integrated with the genetic elements, is crucial to delineate the molecular basis of the inter-individual complexity of ageing process. Indeed, it has emerged that DNA methylation changes occur during ageing, consisting mainly in a progressive process of genome demethylation, in a hypermethylation of gene-specific CpG dinucleotides, as well as in an inter-individual divergence of the epigenome due to stochastic events and environmental exposures throughout life, namely as epigenetic drift...
January 20, 2017: Mechanisms of Ageing and Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28111127/obesity-induces-pro-inflammatory-b-cells-and-impairs-b-cell-function-in-old-mice
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Daniela Frasca, Alain Diaz, Maria Romero, Thomas Vazquez, Bonnie B Blomberg
We analyzed B cells infiltrating the Visceral Adipose Tissue (VAT) of young and old mice to identify contributors to the phenotypic and functional changes observed in aged B cells. We found higher percentages of pro-inflammatory (age-associated B cells, ABC) and less Follicular (FO) B cells in VAT as compared to spleen. VAT B cells express higher pro-adipogenic and inflammatory markers, including NF-kB, as compared to splenic B cells, and also secrete IgG2c antibodies, some of which have been shown to be autoimmune in other studies...
January 19, 2017: Mechanisms of Ageing and Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108180/periodontal-disease-level-butyric-acid-putatively-contributes-to-the-ageing-blood-a-proposed-link-between-periodontal-diseases-and-the-ageing-process
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Marni E Cueno, Keisuke Seki, Kuniyasu Ochiai, Kenichi Imai
Periodontal diseases are partly attributable to periodontopathic bacteria found in the host, whereas,butyric acid (BA) is a common secondary metabolite produced by periodontopathic bacterial pathogens.BA has been linked to oxidative stress induction while oxidative stress has long been associated with the ageing process. However, the possible link between BA-induced oxidative stress and the ageingprocess has never been elucidated. Here, we attempted to show the possible role of periodontal diseaselevel-BA (PDL-BA) in influencing the rat blood ageing process...
January 17, 2017: Mechanisms of Ageing and Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28093237/transgenerational-epigenetics-integrating-soma-to-germline-communication-with-gametic-inheritance
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Abhay Sharma
Evidence supporting germline mediated epigenetic inheritance of environmentally induced traits has increasingly emerged over the past several years. Although the mechanisms underlying this inheritance remain unclear, recent findings suggest that parental gamete-borne epigenetic factors, particularly RNAs, affect post-fertilization and developmental gene regulation, ultimately leading to phenotypic appearance in the offspring. Complex processes involving gene expression and epigenetic regulation are considered to perpetuate across generations...
January 16, 2017: Mechanisms of Ageing and Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28089621/exaptation-serendipity-and-aging
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Pierpaolo Andriani
The paper shows the importance of serendipity and exaptation in selected key moments of ageing research and argue that rationalistic dominant models in scientific research have masked the importance of reverse models of discovery based on serendipity and exaptation. I ask why this is the case and analyze three contributing factors: unprestatability of the functions of technologies, multidimensionality and astronomical complexity of the space over which biological reactions occurs and role of scientific paradigms in channeling research toward incrementalism...
January 12, 2017: Mechanisms of Ageing and Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28089620/the-use-of-information-theory-for-the-evaluation-of-biomarkers-of-aging-and-physiological-age
#14
David Blokh, Ilia Stambler
The present work explores the application of information theoretical measures, such as entropy and normalized mutual information, for research of biomarkers of aging. The use of information theory affords unique methodological advantages for the study of aging processes, as it allows evaluating non-linear relations between biological parameters, providing the precise quantitative strength of those relations, both for individual and multiple parameters, showing cumulative or synergistic effect. Here we illustrate those capabilities utilizing a dataset on heart disease, including diagnostic parameters routinely available to physicians...
January 12, 2017: Mechanisms of Ageing and Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088449/the-role-of-sumoylation-in-ageing-and-senescent-decline
#15
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Andrea Princz, Nektarios Tavernarakis
Posttranslational protein modifications are playing crucial roles in essential cellular mechanisms. SUMOylation is a reversible posttranslational modification of specific target proteins by the attachment of a small ubiquitin-like protein. Although the mechanism of conjugation of SUMO to proteins is analogous to ubiquitination, it requires its own, specific set of enzymes. The consequences of SUMOylation are widely variable, depending on the physiological state of the cell and the attached SUMO isoform. Accumulating recent findings have revealed a prominent role of SUMOylation in molecular pathways that govern senescence and ageing...
January 11, 2017: Mechanisms of Ageing and Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28057445/plasticity-vs-mutation-the-role-of-micrornas-in-human-adaptation
#16
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Konstantinos Voskarides
The variability potential of a phenotype, on the background of the same genotype, is termed "phenotypic plasticity". This is considered by some scientists as a more important evolutionary procedure than mutation based natural selection. In this review, I discuss the fact that microRNAs have the potential to determine significantly the spectrum of phenotypic plasticity by regulating translation rate. MicroRNAs constitute a complicate network that can adjust at a variety of external environmental stimuli. They can also rebalance genome's function after genomic duplication events...
January 3, 2017: Mechanisms of Ageing and Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28049008/the-gut-microbiota-of-centenarians-signatures-of-longevity-in-the-gut-microbiota-profile
#17
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Biagi Elena, Simone Rampelli, Silvia Turroni, Sara Quercia, Marco Candela, Patrizia Brigidi
The changing physiology and lifestyle of elderly people affect the gut microbiota composition, the changes of which can, in turn, affect the health maintenance of the ageing host. In a co-evolutionary vision of the relationship between gut microbiota and ageing as an adaptive process of the human superorganism, long-living individuals who get to "successfully" age might be the ones whose microbiota manages to continuously re-establish a mutualistic relationship with the host, adapting to the progressive endogenous and environmental changes...
December 31, 2016: Mechanisms of Ageing and Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28049007/cellular-aging-towards-osteoarthritis
#18
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Yu-Sheng Li, Wen-Feng Xiao, Wei Luo
Osteoarthritis (OA) is a common form of degenerative joint disease. Aging process is supposed to be a leading predictor for developing OA. In this review, we have discussed the potential roles of aging in OA, a better understanding of which might delay or stop the development and progression of OA. Different cellular signaling mechanisms are involved process of aging that induces age-related changes in chondrocytes. These changes influence the expression of catabolic factors resulting in increased production of matrix metalloproteinases and cytokines, reduced levels of collagen type II and aggrecan synthesis, and increased production of reactive oxygen species (ROS)...
December 31, 2016: Mechanisms of Ageing and Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28043814/autophagy-induction-reduces-telomerase-activity-in-hela-cells
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Fatemeh Taji, Homa Mohseni Kouchesfahani, Farzaneh Sheikholeslami, Bizhan Romani, Kazem Baesi, Rouhollah Vahabpour, Mahdi Edalati, Ladan Teimoori-Toolabi, Ehsan Ollah Jazaeri, Asghar Abdoli
Autophagy is a cellular homeostatic process whereby damaged proteins and organelles are encapsulated into double membrane vesicles, called autophagosomes, for lysosomal digestion. Beclin1 plays a key role in the initial steps of autophagosome formation. In this study, we evaluated the effect of Beclin 1 overexpression in induction of autophagy and the relationship between autophagy induction and telomerase activity in HeLa cells. We found that overexpression of Beclin 1 in HeLa cells leads to autophagosome formation as shown by intracellular autophagosomal marker LC3-II staining...
December 30, 2016: Mechanisms of Ageing and Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28040447/demographics-phenotypic-health-characteristics-and-genetic-analysis-of-centenarians-in-china
#20
REVIEW
Yi Zeng, Qiushi Feng, Danan Gu, James W Vaupel
After a brief introduction to the background, significance and unique features of the centenarian population in China, we describe the Chinese Longitudinal Healthy Longevity Study (CLHLS), which is the world's largest study of centenarians, nonagenarians, octogenarians, and compatible young-old aged 65-79. Based on the CLHLS data and other relevant studies, we summarize demographic and socioeconomic characteristics as well as self-reported and objectively-tested health indicators of centenarians in China, with an emphasis on gender differences and rural/urban disparities...
December 28, 2016: Mechanisms of Ageing and Development
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