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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28501895/angiogenesis-is-vegf-independent-in-the-aged-striatum-of-male-rats-exposed-to-acute-hypoxia
#1
Francisco Molina, M Luisa Del Moral, M Ángeles Peinado, Alma Rus
Brain hypoxia is involved in many diseases. The activation of angiogenesis is one of the major adaptive mechanisms to counteract the adverse effects of hypoxia. In a previous work, we have shown that the adult rat striatum promotes angiogenesis in response to hypoxia via upregulation of the most important proangiogenic factor, the vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF). However, the effects of hypoxia on angiogenesis in the aged striatum remain unknown and constitute our aim. Here we show the upregulation of hypoxia-inducible factor-1α in the striatum of aged (24-25 months old) Wistar rats exposed to acute hypoxia and analysed during a reoxygenation period ranging from 0 h to 5 days...
May 13, 2017: Biogerontology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28501894/influence-of-ageing-on-the-microarchitecture-of-the-spleen-and-lymph-nodes
#2
REVIEW
Vivian M Turner, Neil A Mabbott
The elderly have a decreased response to vaccination and an increased susceptibility to infectious diseases. The spleen and lymph nodes are important secondary lymphoid organs where immune cells can rapidly respond to pathogenic material in the blood and lymph in order to mount long-term adaptive immune responses to those pathogens. In aged mice and humans structural changes occur to both the spleen and lymph nodes. These structural changes affect the functioning of the immune cells within, which may ultimate result in less effective or decreased immune responses...
May 13, 2017: Biogerontology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28492999/physical-activity-improves-cognition-possible-explanations
#3
REVIEW
Blanka Koščak Tivadar
Good cognitive abilities (CA) enable autonomy, improve social inclusion and act preventively. Regular physical activity (PA) reduces the risk of developing Alzheimer's disease (AD) and, at the same time, it reduces the decline of CA and stimulates neurogenesis. So PA in connection with cognitive training, nutrition and social interaction has a positive effect on general CA and the central nervous system, the central executor, memory and attention, and reduces the likelihood of developing dementia. Our objective was to examine which sort and intensity of PA is preferred...
May 10, 2017: Biogerontology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28478492/intermittent-fasting-combined-with-supplementation-with-ayurvedic-herbs-reduces-anxiety-in-middle-aged-female-rats-by-anti-inflammatory-pathways
#4
Harpal Singh, Taranjeet Kaur, Shaffi Manchanda, Gurcharan Kaur
Intermittent fasting-dietary restriction (IF-DR) is an increasingly popular intervention to promote healthy aging and delay age associated decline in brain functions. Also, the use of herbal interventions is gaining attention due to their non-pharmacological approach to treat several abnormalities and promote general health with least side effects. The present study was aimed to investigate the synergistic effects of IF-DR regimen with herbal supplementation on anxiety-like behavior and neuroinflammation in middle aged female rats...
May 6, 2017: Biogerontology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28477081/exogenous-nicotinamide-supplementation-and-moderate-physical-exercise-can-attenuate-the-aging-process-in-skeletal-muscle-of-rats
#5
Melitta Pajk, Alexandra Cselko, Csaba Varga, Aniko Posa, Margareta Tokodi, Istvan Boldogh, Sataro Goto, Zsolt Radak
Nicotinamide (NAM) could enhance the availability of NAD(+) and be beneficial to cell function. However, NAM can inhibit the activities of SIRT1 and PARP. The effect of NAM supplementation on the aging process is not well known. In the present study exogenous NAM (1-0.5% in drinking water) was supplemented for 5 weeks and in the last 4 weeks moderate treadmill running was given to 5 mo and 28 mo old rats. The content of SIRT1 was not effected by NAM treatment alone. However, the activity of SIRT1, judged from the acetylated p53/p53 ratio, increased in both NAM treated age groups, suggesting beneficial effects of exogenous NAM...
May 5, 2017: Biogerontology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28466185/tissue-specific-transcription-of-the-neuronal-gene-lim3-affects-drosophila-melanogaster-lifespan-and-locomotion
#6
Olga Y Rybina, Svetlana V Sarantseva, Ekaterina R Veselkina, Olga I Bolschakova, Alexander V Symonenko, Anna V Krementsova, Elena V Ryabova, Natalia V Roshina, Elena G Pasyukova
The identity of neuronal cell types is established and maintained by the expression of neuronal genes coding for ion channels, neurotransmitters, and neuropeptides, among others. Some of these genes have been shown to affect lifespan; however, their role in lifespan control remains largely unclear. The Drosophila melanogaster gene Lim3 encodes a transcription factor involved in complicated motor neuron specification networks. We previously identified Lim3 as a candidate gene affecting lifespan. To obtain direct evidence of the involvement of Lim3 in lifespan control, Lim3 overexpression and RNAi knockdown were induced in the nervous system and muscles of Drosophila using the GAL4-UAS binary system...
May 2, 2017: Biogerontology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444479/the-role-of-gender-and-labour-status-in-immunosenescence-of-65-polish-population
#7
Magdalena Dudkowska, Dorota Janiszewska, Anna Karpa, Katarzyna Broczek, Michal Dabrowski, Ewa Sikora
Women are living longer than men and it seems that one of the reasons could be better immune system of females. In Poland, contrary to many European countries, women retire earlier than men, namely at 60 and 65, respectively. We asked the question how the gender and labour status were interconnected with some immunological parameters included in the so called immune risk profile (IRP), such as CD4+/CD8+ ratio, percentage of CD8+CD28-, and NK, and the level of circulating cytokines. A total of 92 men and 100 women past the retirement age, namely 65-74 years old, still working or not, were examined...
April 25, 2017: Biogerontology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28421328/association-of-adiponectin-leptin-and-resistin-with-inflammatory-markers-and-obesity-in-dementia
#8
Małgorzata Bednarska-Makaruk, Ałła Graban, Anna Wiśniewska, Wanda Łojkowska, Anna Bochyńska, Magdalena Gugała-Iwaniuk, Ksenia Sławińska, Agnieszka Ługowska, Danuta Ryglewicz, Hanna Wehr
The aim of the study was to determine the role of adiponectin, leptin and resistin in various types of dementia and to investigate their association with inflammatory markers, insulin resistance and abdominal obesity. In 205 patients with dementia [89 with Alzheimer's disease (AD), 47 with vascular dementia (VaD), 69 with mixed dementia (MD)], 113 persons with mild cognitive impairment and in 107 controls serum adiponectin, leptin and resistin levels, pro-inflammatory [interleukin-6 (IL-6), C-reactive protein (hsCRP) and chitotriosidase] and anti-inflammatory (25-OH vitamin D, HDL-cholesterol and paraoxonase 1) markers, as well as glucose metabolism parameters (glucose, insulin and HOMA-IR) were determined...
April 18, 2017: Biogerontology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28378095/measurement-of-muscle-health-in-aging
#9
Peter Francis, Mark Lyons, Mathew Piasecki, Jamie Mc Phee, Karen Hind, Philip Jakeman
Muscle health is a critical component in the struggle against physical frailty and the efforts to maintain metabolic health until the limit of chronological age. Consensus opinion is to evaluate muscle health in terms of muscle mass, strength and functional capability. There has been considerable variability in the components of muscle health which have been investigated in addition to variability in the tools of assessment and protocol for measurement. This is in stark contrast to the validated measurement of bone health across the adult life span...
April 4, 2017: Biogerontology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28357523/early-nutrition-and-ageing-can-we-intervene
#10
Daniella Duque-Guimarães, Susan Ozanne
Ageing, a complex process that results in progressive decline in intrinsic physiological function leading to an increase in mortality rate, has been shown to be affected by early life nutrition. Accumulating data from animal and epidemiological studies indicate that exposure to a suboptimal nutritional environment during fetal life can have long-term effects on adult health. In this paper, we discuss the impact of early life nutrition on the development of age-associated diseases and life span. Special emphasis is given to studies that have investigated the molecular mechanisms underlying these effects...
March 29, 2017: Biogerontology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28352958/the-epigenetic-landscape-of-age-related-diseases-the-geroscience-perspective
#11
Noémie Gensous, Maria Giulia Bacalini, Chiara Pirazzini, Elena Marasco, Cristina Giuliani, Francesco Ravaioli, Giacomo Mengozzi, Claudia Bertarelli, Maria Giustina Palmas, Claudio Franceschi, Paolo Garagnani
In this review, we summarize current knowledge regarding the epigenetics of age-related diseases, focusing on those studies that have described DNA methylation landscape in cardio-vascular diseases, musculoskeletal function and frailty. We stress the importance of adopting the conceptual framework of "geroscience", which starts from the observation that advanced age is the major risk factor for several of these pathologies and aims at identifying the mechanistic links between aging and age-related diseases...
March 28, 2017: Biogerontology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28316011/changes-in-pro-inflammatory-markers-and-leucine-concentrations-in-response-to-nordic-walking-training-combined-with-vitamin-d-supplementation-in-elderly-women
#12
A Gmiat, J Mieszkowski, K Prusik, K Prusik, J Kortas, A Kochanowicz, A Radulska, M Lipiński, M Tomczyk, J Jaworska, J Antosiewicz, E Ziemann
Mechanisms underpinning age-related decreases in muscle strength and muscle mass relate to chronic inflammation. Physical activity induces an anti-inflammatory effect, but it is modulated by additional factors. We hypothesized that vitamin D, which has also anti-inflammatory activity will modify adaptation to exercise and reduce inflammation in elderly women. Twenty-seven women aged 67 ± 8 years were included and divided into groups with baseline vitamin D concentration more than 20 ng mL(-1) (MVD) and less than 20 ng mL(-1) (LVD)...
March 18, 2017: Biogerontology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28258519/sirtuins-a-promising-target-in-slowing-down-the-ageing-process
#13
REVIEW
Wioleta Grabowska, Ewa Sikora, Anna Bielak-Zmijewska
Ageing is a plastic process and can be successfully modulated by some biomedical approaches or pharmaceutics. In this manner it is possible to delay or even prevent some age-related pathologies. There are some defined interventions, which give promising results in animal models or even in human studies, resulting in lifespan elongation or healthspan improvement. One of the most promising targets for anti-ageing approaches are proteins belonging to the sirtuin family. Sirtuins were originally discovered as transcription repressors in yeast, however, nowadays they are known to occur in bacteria and eukaryotes (including mammals)...
March 3, 2017: Biogerontology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28255823/aging-frailty-and-complex-networks
#14
REVIEW
A B Mitnitski, A D Rutenberg, S Farrell, K Rockwood
When people age their mortality rate increases exponentially, following Gompertz's law. Even so, individuals do not die from old age. Instead, they accumulate age-related illnesses and conditions and so become increasingly vulnerable to death from various external and internal stressors. As a measure of such vulnerability, frailty can be quantified using the frailty index (FI). Larger values of the FI are strongly associated with mortality and other adverse health outcomes. This association, and the insensitivity of the FI to the particular health variables that are included in its construction, makes it a powerful, convenient, and increasingly popular integrative health measure...
March 2, 2017: Biogerontology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28251407/jujube-ziziphus-jujuba-mill-fruit-feeding-extends-lifespan-and-increases-tolerance-to-environmental-stresses-by-regulating-aging-associated-gene-expression-in-drosophila
#15
Saurav Ghimire, Man Su Kim
Jujube (Ziziphus Jujuba Mill.) fruit has been utilized as an adjunct to alleviate medical symptoms including, but not limited to, anorexia, fatigue, anxiety and mild diarrhea for centuries. Despite a growing body of literature revealing jujube fruit's health promoting properties such as anti-cancer, anti-inflammation and anti-oxidant effects (shown with cell-based in vitro platforms), there is a paucity of studies systemically examining its impact on whole organisms or throughout the entire course of life utilizing in vivo model systems...
March 1, 2017: Biogerontology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28251406/combining-three-mild-stresses-in-drosophila-melanogaster-flies-does-not-have-a-more-positive-effect-on-resistance-to-a-severe-cold-stress-than-combining-two-mild-stresses
#16
Éric Le Bourg
Among other positive effects, mild stresses can increase resistance to severe stresses. Previous studies combining two mild stresses showed that when each mild stress had positive effects their combination had more positive effects than each mild stress. The present study tested whether combining three mild stresses could still provide positive additive effects, or whether this combination has negative effects because it is no longer a mild stress but rather a strong stress with negative effects. Flies were subjected to either fasting, hypergravity for one or two weeks, or cold shocks, to combinations of two or of the three mild stresses, and survival to a severe cold stress was observed at 13 or 20 days of age...
March 1, 2017: Biogerontology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28251405/differential-decrease-in-soluble-and-dna-bound-telomerase-in-senescent-human-fibroblasts
#17
Snir Yehuda, Hagai Yanai, Esther Priel, Vadim E Fraifeld
The role of telomere shortening in the induction of replicative cellular senescence (CS) is well known and as a result, the involvement of telomerase and in particular its catalytic subunit, the telomerase reverse transcriptase (TERT) in CS has also been investigated. However, the majority of studies were conducted on cells that generally express high levels of TERT (cancer and immortalized cells) while the role of telomerase in CS in normal cells has been investigated to a much lesser extent. In particular, it was reported that active TERT is expressed in early passages of cultured human keratinocytes but rapidly diminished towards entry to CS, without telomere shortening...
March 1, 2017: Biogerontology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28451923/mifepristone-ru486-acts-in-drosophila-melanogaster-females-to-counteract-the-life-span-shortening-and-pro-inflammatory-effects-of-male-sex-peptide
#18
John Tower, Gary N Landis, Jie Shen, Rachelle Choi, Yang Fan, Dasul Lee, Jaemin Song
Males with null mutation of Sex Peptide (SP) gene were compared to wild-type males for the ability to cause physiological changes in females that could be reversed by mifepristone. Males from wild-type strains decreased median female life span by average -51%. Feeding mifepristone increased life span of these females by average +106%. In contrast, SP-null males did not decrease female life span, and mifepristone increased median life span of these females by average +14%, which was equivalent to the effect of mifepristone in virgin females (average +16%)...
June 2017: Biogerontology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432521/intermittent-food-restriction-initiated-late-in-life-prolongs-lifespan-and-retards-the-onset-of-age-related-markers-in-the-annual-fish-nothobranchius-guentheri
#19
Xia Wang, Xiaoyuan Du, Yang Zhou, Su Wang, Feng Su, Shicui Zhang
Two of the most studied and widely accepted conjectures on possible aging mechanisms are the oxidative stress hypothesis and the insulin/insulin-like growth factor 1 (IGF-1) signaling (IIS) pathway. Intermittent fasting (IF) is known to modulate aging and to prolong lifespan in a variety of organisms, but the mechanisms are still under debate. In this study, we first demonstrated that late-onset two consecutive days a week fasting, a form of IF, termed intermittent food restriction (IFR), exhibited a time-dependent effect, and long-term late-onset IFR extended the mean lifespan and maximum lifespan by approximately 3...
June 2017: Biogerontology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28389882/hormetic-efficacy-of-rutin-to-promote-longevity-in-drosophila-melanogaster
#20
Debarati Chattopadhyay, Atith Chitnis, Aishwarya Talekar, Prajakta Mulay, Manyata Makkar, Joel James, Kavitha Thirumurugan
Hormetins are compounds that mediate hormesis by being beneficial at low doses but detrimental at high doses. Recent studies have highlighted that many compounds that extended lifespan in model organisms did so by mediating hormesis. Rutin is a glycosylate conjugate of quercetin and rutinose and is abundant in citrus fruits and buckwheat seeds. Rutin possess ROS scavenging, anti-cancer, cardio-protective, skin-regenerative and neuro-protective properties. Drosophila melanogaster is an attractive model organism for longevity studies owing to its homology of organ and cellular-pathways with mammals...
June 2017: Biogerontology
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