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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28327364/telomere-length-analysis-in-down-syndrome-birth
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Pranami Bhaumik, Mandar Bhattacharya, Priyanka Ghosh, Sujoy Ghosh, Subrata Kumar Dey
Human reproductive fitness depends upon telomere chemistry. Maternal age, meiotic nondisjunction error and telomere length of mother of trisomic child are someway associated. Reports exhibiting maternal inheritance of telomere length in Down syndrome child are very scanty. To investigate this, we collected peripheral blood from 170 mothers of Down syndrome child and 186 age matched mothers of euploid child with their newly born babies. Telomere length was measured by restriction digestion - southern blotting technique...
March 19, 2017: Mechanisms of Ageing and Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28322848/cd34-cell-count-predicts-long-lasting-life-in-the-oldest-old
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Giuseppe Mandraffino, Caterina Oriana Aragona, Giorgio Basile, Valentina Cairo, Federica Mamone, Carmela Morace, Angela D'Ascola, Angela Alibrandi, Alberto Lo Gullo, Saverio Loddo, Antonino Saitta, Egidio Imbalzano
Circulating progenitor cells (CPCs) represent a pool of cells capable of differentiating into mature cells of different organs and systems, promoting tissue maintenance and repair. Among CPCs, CD34+cells (CD34+CPCs) seem to predict outcome in CV disease, also in elderly people. A decline in CD34+CPCs was reported with advancing age. Moreover, aging is associated with a state of chronic inflammation, influencing life expectancy. Our purpose was to investigate a 10-year predictive ability of CD34+CPCs, inflammatory marker levels, classic CV risk factors (CVRFs), and Framingham Risk Score (FRS) in a population of healthy, self-sufficient octogenarians...
March 16, 2017: Mechanisms of Ageing and Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28315698/worldwide-demography-of-centenarians
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REVIEW
Jean-Marie Robine, Sarah Cubaynes
The global number of centenarians should strongly increase during the 21 st century. According to the Population Division of the United Nations it should reach more than 25 million people in 2100. To better understand the dynamics of the emergence and growth of the centenarian population, we focused on four European countries having long chronological series and high quality data about centenarians, Denmark, France, Sweden, and Switzerland, and Japan which has had the highest life expectancy at birth for several years...
March 15, 2017: Mechanisms of Ageing and Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28315697/the-role-of-the-tor-pathway-in-mediating-the-link-between-nutrition-and-longevity
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Oleh Lushchak, Olha Strilbytska, Veronika Piskovatska, Kenneth B Storey, Alexander Koliada, Alexander Vaiserman
The target of rapamycin (TOR) pathway integrates signals from extracellular and intracellular agents, such as growth factors, nutrients, mediators of energy balance, oxygen availability and other environmental cues. It allows the regulation of multiple cellular processes including protein and lipid synthesis, ribosome biogenesis, autophagy and metabolic processes. Being conserved across different phyla, TOR regulates longevity of various organisms in response to dietary conditions. In this review we described the main components of the TOR pathway and its upstream effectors and downstream processes in relation to aging...
March 15, 2017: Mechanisms of Ageing and Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28286215/thyroid-hormones-in-extreme-longevity
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Sabrina Garasto, Alberto Montesanto, Andrea Corsonello, Fabrizia Lattanzio, Sergio Fusco, Giuseppe Passarino, Valeria Prestipino Giarritta, Francesco Corica
The aim of the present review was to summarize knowledge about thyroid hormones (THs) and longevity. Longevity is a complex multifactorial phenomenon on which specific biological pathways, including hormonal networks involved in the regulation of homeostasis and survival, exert a strong impact. THs are the key responsible for growth, metabolism rate and energy expenditure, and help in maintaining cognition, bone and cardiovascular health. THs production and metabolism are fine tuned, and may help the organism to cope with a variety of environmental challenges...
March 9, 2017: Mechanisms of Ageing and Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28286214/cognitive-status-in-the-oldest-old-and-centenarians-a-condition-crucial-for-quality-of-life-methodologically-difficult-to-assess
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Beatrice Arosio, Rita Ostan, Daniela Mari, Sarah Damanti, Francesco Ronchetti, Sara Arcudi, Maria Scurti, Claudio Franceschi, Daniela Monti
Human life expectancy and the number of the oldest old are rapidly increasing worldwide. Advanced age is the main risk factor for dementia, representing one of the major causes of disability/dependency among older people with a strong impact on their families/caregivers. Centenarians have reached the extreme limits of human life escaping or delaying the major age-related diseases. Thus, these extraordinary individuals embody the best model to answer the crucial question if cognitive decline and dementia are progressive and unavoidable occurrences of increasing age...
March 9, 2017: Mechanisms of Ageing and Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28284714/strain-specificities-in-cellular-and-molecular-immunopathogenic-mechanisms-underlying-development-of-experimental-autoimmune-encephalomyelitis-in-aged-rats
#7
Mirjana Nacka-Aleksić, Zorica Stojić-Vukanić, Ivan Pilipović, Ivana Vujnović, Biljana Bufan, Mirjana Dimitrijević, Gordana Leposavić
To understand strain-specificities of immune system in aged rats and their immunopathological implications, CD4+ T lymphocyte-mediated neuroinflammation in experimental autoimmune encephalomyelitis (EAE) was studied in two strains. Upon immunization for EAE, 22-24-month-old Albino Oxford (AO) rats developed milder neurological deficit of prolonged duration compared with their Dark Agouti (DA) counterparts. Consistently, they exhibited: (i) diminished neuroantigen-specific CD4+ T lymphocyte generation in draining lymph nodes (reflecting lower density of high-affinity IL-2 receptor complex on their surface and higher CD4+FoxP3+CD25+ regulatory cell frequency); (ii) less favorable spinal cord expression of CXCL12 and CCL2, and consequently diminished infiltration of neuroantigen-specific CD4+ T lymphocytes, including highly pathogenic IL-17+IFN-γ+ ones, and inflammatory monocytes into the spinal cord and (iii) subsequently impaired CD4+ T lymphocyte reactivation/survival and differentiation into highly pathogenic IL-17+ cells (reflecting downregulated expression of IL-1β, IL-6 and IL-23/p19)...
March 8, 2017: Mechanisms of Ageing and Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28267566/aging-and-efficiency-in-living-systems-complexity-adaptation-and-self-organization
#8
Atanu Chatterjee, Georgi Georgiev, Germano Iannacchione
Living systems are open, out-of-equilibrium thermodynamic entities, that maintain order by locally reducing their entropy. Aging is a process by which these systems gradually lose their ability to maintain their out-of-equilibrium state, as measured by their free-energy rate density, and hence, their order. Thus, the process of aging reduces the efficiency of those systems, making them fragile and less adaptive to the environmental fluctuations, gradually driving them towards the state of thermodynamic equilibrium...
March 3, 2017: Mechanisms of Ageing and Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28259747/exosome-based-immunomodulation-during-aging-a-nano-perspective-on-inflamm-aging
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REVIEW
Francesco Prattichizzo, Luigina Micolucci, Monica Cricca, Sabrina De Carolis, Emanuela Mensà, Antonio Ceriello, Antonio Domenico Procopio, Massimiliano Bonafè, Fabiola Olivieri
Exosomes are nanovesicles formed by inward budding of endosomal membranes. They exert complex immunomodulatory effects on target cells, acting both as antigen-presenting vesicles and as shuttles for packets of information like proteins, coding and non-coding RNA, and nuclear and mitochondrial DNA fragments. Albeit different, all such functions seem to be encompassed in the adaptive mechanism mediating the complex interactions of the organism with a variety of stressors, providing both for defense and for the evolution of symbiotic relationships with others organisms (gut microbiota, bacteria, and viruses)...
March 1, 2017: Mechanisms of Ageing and Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28249716/conserved-effect-of-aging-on-dna-methylation-and-association-with-ezh2-polycomb-protein-in-mice-and-humans
#10
Khyobeni Mozhui, Ashutosh K Pandey
In humans, DNA methylation at specific CpG sites can be used to estimate the 'epigenetic clock', a biomarker of aging and health. The mechanisms that regulate the aging epigenome and level of conservation are not entirely clear. We performed affinity-based enrichment with methyl-CpG binding domain protein followed by high-throughput sequencing (MBD-seq) to assay DNA methylation in mouse samples. Consistent with previous reports, aging is associated with increase in methylation at CpG islands that likely overlap regulatory regions of genes that have been implicated in cancers (e...
February 27, 2017: Mechanisms of Ageing and Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28242236/centenarians-as-extreme-phenotypes-an-ecological-perspective-to-get-insight-into-the-relationship-between-the-genetics-of-longevity-and-age-associated-diseases
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REVIEW
Cristina Giuliani, Chiara Pirazzini, Massimo Delledonne, Luciano Xumerle, Patrick Descombes, Julien Marquis, Giacomo Mengozzi, Daniela Monti, Dina Bellizzi, Giuseppe Passarino, Donata Luiselli, Claudio Franceschi, Paolo Garagnani
In this review we address the genetic continuum between aging and age-related diseases, with particular attention to the ecological perspective. We describe the connections between genes that promote longevity and genes associated to age-related diseases considering trade-off mechanisms in which the same genetic variants could have different effect according to the tissue considered and could be involved in several biological pathways. Then we describe mechanisms of antagonistic pleiotropy, focusing on the complex interplay between genetic variants and environmental changes (internal or external)...
February 24, 2017: Mechanisms of Ageing and Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214534/demographic-phenotypic-and-genetic-characteristics-of-centenarians-in-okinawa-and-honshu-japan-part-2-honshu-japan
#12
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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 is peculiarities of centenarians, which could be associated with high adiponectin levels...
February 16, 2017: Mechanisms of Ageing and Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213011/calorie-restriction-promotes-cardiolipin-biosynthesis-and-distribution-between-mitochondrial-membranes
#13
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
#14
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
#15
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 Girardeau-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 3, 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
#17
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
#18
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
#19
REVIEW
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
#20
REVIEW
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
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