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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28800735/life-span-of-in-vitro-differentiated-plasmodium-falciparum-gametocytes
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Tamirat Gebru, Albert Lalremruata, Peter G Kremsner, Benjamin Mordmüller, Jana Held
BACKGROUND: The sexual stages (gametocytes) of Plasmodium falciparum do not directly contribute to the pathology of malaria but are essential for transmission of the parasite from the human host to the mosquito. Mature gametocytes circulate in infected human blood for several days and their circulation time has been modelled mathematically from data of previous in vivo studies. This is the first time that longevity of gametocytes is studied experimentally in vitro. METHODS: The in vitro longevity of P...
August 11, 2017: Malaria Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28797269/a-reduction-in-malaria-transmission-intensity-in-northern-ghana-after-7%C3%A2-years-of-indoor-residual-spraying
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Sylvester Coleman, Samuel K Dadzie, Aklilu Seyoum, Yemane Yihdego, Peter Mumba, Dereje Dengela, Philip Ricks, Kristen George, Christen Fornadel, Daniel Szumlas, Paul Psychas, Jacob Williams, Maxwell A Appawu, Daniel A Boakye
BACKGROUND: Indoor residual spraying (IRS) is being implemented as one of the malaria prevention methods in the Northern Region of Ghana. Changes in longevity, sporozoite and entomological inoculation rates (EIRs) of major malaria vectors were monitored to assess the impact of IRS in selected districts. METHODS: Monthly human landing catches (HLCs) were used to collect mosquitoes from sentinel sites in three adjacent districts between July 2009 and December 2014: Savelugu Nanton (SND) where IRS had been implemented from 2008 to 2014; Tolon Kumbungu (TKD) where IRS had been implemented between 2008 and 2012 and Tamale Metropolis (TML) with no history of IRS...
August 10, 2017: Malaria Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28794203/the-myst-family-histone-acetyltransferase-complex-regulates-stress-resistance-and-longevity-through-transcriptional-control-of-daf-16-foxo-transcription-factors
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Takako Ikeda, Masaharu Uno, Sakiko Honjoh, Eisuke Nishida
The well-known link between longevity and the Sir2 histone deacetylase family suggests that histone deacetylation, a modification associated with repressed chromatin, is beneficial to longevity. However, the molecular links between histone acetylation and longevity remain unclear. Here, we report an unexpected finding that the MYST family histone acetyltransferase complex (MYS-1/TRR-1 complex) promotes rather than inhibits stress resistance and longevity in Caenorhabditis elegans Our results show that these beneficial effects are largely mediated through transcriptional up-regulation of the FOXO transcription factor DAF-16...
August 9, 2017: EMBO Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28793260/peripheral-elevation-of-a-klotho-fragment-enhances-brain-function-and-resilience-in-young-aging-and-%C3%AE-synuclein-transgenic-mice
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Julio Leon, Arturo J Moreno, Bayardo I Garay, Robert J Chalkley, Alma L Burlingame, Dan Wang, Dena B Dubal
Cognitive dysfunction and decreased mobility from aging and neurodegenerative conditions, such as Parkinson and Alzheimer diseases, are major biomedical challenges in need of more effective therapies. Increasing brain resilience may represent a new treatment strategy. Klotho, a longevity factor, enhances cognition when genetically and broadly overexpressed in its full, wild-type form over the mouse lifespan. Whether acute klotho treatment can rapidly enhance cognitive and motor functions or induce resilience is a gap in our knowledge of its therapeutic potential...
August 8, 2017: Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28792413/human-reproduction-and-health-an-evolutionary-perspective
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Grazyna Jasienska, Richard G Bribiescas, Anne-Sofie Furberg, Samuli Helle, Alejandra Núñez-de la Mora
According to life history theory, increased investment in reproductive function (physiology and behaviour) at different times throughout the life course affects the risk of many diseases and, ultimately, longevity. Although genetic factors contribute to interindividual and interpopulation variation in reproductive traits, the dominant source of variability is phenotypic plasticity during development and adult life. Reproductive traits in both sexes evolved sensitivity to ecological conditions, as reflected in contemporary associations of hormone concentrations with geographical setting, nutritional status, and physical activity level...
July 29, 2017: Lancet
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28792412/evolutionary-public-health-introducing-the-concept
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Jonathan C K Wells, Randolph M Nesse, Rebecca Sear, Rufus A Johnstone, Stephen C Stearns
The emerging discipline of evolutionary medicine is breaking new ground in understanding why people become ill. However, the value of evolutionary analyses of human physiology and behaviour is only beginning to be recognised in the field of public health. Core principles come from life history theory, which analyses the allocation of finite amounts of energy between four competing functions-maintenance, growth, reproduction, and defence. A central tenet of evolutionary theory is that organisms are selected to allocate energy and time to maximise reproductive success, rather than health or longevity...
July 29, 2017: Lancet
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28789906/tocotrienols-the-unsaturated-sidekick-shifting-new-paradigms-in-vitamin-e-therapeutics
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Madhu M Kanchi, Muthu K Shanmugam, Grishma Rane, Gautam Sethi, Alan P Kumar
Vitamin E family members: tocotrienols and tocopherols are widely known for their health benefits. Decades of research on tocotrienols have shown they have diverse biological activities such as antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, anticancer, neuroprotective and skin protection benefits, as well as improved cognition, bone health, longevity and reduction of cholesterol levels in plasma. Tocotrienols also modulate several intracellular molecular targets and, most importantly, have been shown to improve lipid profiles, reduce total cholesterol and reduce the volume of white matter lesions in human clinical trials...
August 5, 2017: Drug Discovery Today
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28789901/sirtuins-epigenetics-and-longevity
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Mateusz Wątroba, Ilona Dudek, Marta Skoda, Aleksandra Stangret, Przemysław Rzodkiewicz, Dariusz Szukiewicz
Aging of organisms begins from a single cell at the molecular level. It includes changes related to telomere shortening, cell senescence and epigenetic modifications. These processes accumulate over the lifespan. Research studies show that epigenetic signaling contributes to human disease, tumorigenesis and aging. Epigenetic DNA modifications involve changes in the gene activity but not in the DNA sequence. An epigenome consists of chemical modifications to the DNA and histone proteins without the changes in the DNA sequence...
August 5, 2017: Ageing Research Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28781256/-metabolomic-blood-test-purpose-implementation-and-interpretation-of-data
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P G Lokhov, A V Lisitsa, A I Archakov
The human body is an open system that receives a variety of xenobiotics in the course of dietary route or respiration and in the form of the drugs. As a lump sum scores of toxic and potentially toxic substances are detected in a human body that significantly affect health and human lifespan. There are also thousands of diseases, dozens of which latently occur in the body of each person. Traditional diagnosis is not able to screen all the variety of xenobiotics and potential human diseases. For this purpose metabolomic blood test is available which is of non-targeted (review) nature...
May 2017: Biomedit︠s︡inskai︠a︡ Khimii︠a︡
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28780613/mec1-atr-is-needed-for-extensive-telomere-elongation-in-response-to-ethanol-in-yeast
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Yaniv Harari, Martin Kupiec
Telomere length homeostasis is essential for cell survival. In humans, telomeres shorten as a function of age. Short telomeres are known determinants of cell senescence and longevity. The yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae expresses telomerase and maintains a strict telomere length homeostasis during vegetative growth. We have previously reported that different environmental signals promote changes in telomere length in S. cerevisiae. In particular, exposure to ethanol induces an extensive telomere elongation response due to a reduction in RAP1 mRNA and protein levels...
August 5, 2017: Current Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28772063/the-%C3%AF-3-fatty-acid-%C3%AE-linolenic-acid-extends-caenorhabditis-elegans-lifespan-via-nhr-49-ppar%C3%AE-and-oxidation-to-oxylipins
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Wenbo Qi, Gloria E Gutierrez, Xiaoli Gao, Hong Dixon, Joe A McDonough, Ann M Marini, Alfred L Fisher
The dietary intake of ω-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids has been linked to a reduction in the incidence of aging-associated disease including cardiovascular disease and stroke. Additionally, long-lived Caenorhabditis elegans glp-1 germ line-less mutant animals show a number of changes in lipid metabolism including the increased production of the ω-3 fatty acid, α-linolenic acid (ALA). Here, we show that the treatment of C. elegans with ALA produces a dose-dependent increase in lifespan. The increased longevity of the glp-1 mutant animals is known to be dependent on both the NHR-49/PPARα and SKN-1/Nrf2 transcription factors, although the mechanisms involved are incompletely understood...
August 3, 2017: Aging Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28763436/the-beneficial-effects-of-dietary-restriction-on-learning-are-distinct-from-its-effects-on-longevity-and-mediated-by-depletion-of-a-neuroinhibitory-metabolite
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Mihir Vohra, George A Lemieux, Lin Lin, Kaveh Ashrafi
In species ranging from humans to Caenorhabditis elegans, dietary restriction (DR) grants numerous benefits, including enhanced learning. The precise mechanisms by which DR engenders benefits on processes related to learning remain poorly understood. As a result, it is unclear whether the learning benefits of DR are due to myriad improvements in mechanisms that collectively confer improved cellular health and extension of organismal lifespan or due to specific neural mechanisms. Using an associative learning paradigm in C...
August 2017: PLoS Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28760757/causes-and-consequences-of-adult-sex-ratio-imbalance-in-a-historical-u-s-population
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Ryan Schacht, Ken R Smith
The responsiveness of individuals to partner availability has been well-documented across the literature. However, there is disagreement regarding the direction of the consequences of sex ratio imbalance. Specifically, does an excess of males or females promote male-male mating competition? In an attempt to clarify the role of the adult sex ratio (ASR) on behaviour, here we evaluate both competing and complimentary expectations derived from theory across the social and biological sciences. We use data drawn from a historical, nineteenth century population in North America and target several life-history traits thought to be affected by partner availability: age at first birth, relationship status, completed fertility and longevity...
September 19, 2017: Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London. Series B, Biological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28753971/spatio-temporal-variation-of-longevity-clusters-and-the-influence-of-social-development-level-on-lifespan-in-a-chinese-longevous-area-1982-2010
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Jian Qin, Guoqi Yu, Tianlong Xia, You Li, Xue Liang, Peng Wei, Bingshuang Long, Mingzhi Lei, Xiao Wei, Xianyan Tang, Zhiyong Zhang
The study aims to determine the spatial and temporal variation of a longevous region and explore the correlation between longevity and socioeconomic development. Population data at the township level were obtained from the last four population censuses (1982-2010). Five main lifespan indicators and the Human Development Index (HDI) were calculated. Getis-Ord G*, Gravity modeling, and Pearson's r between lifespan indicators and HDI were applied. In this study, a stable longevous gathering area was discovered in Hechi during different periods...
July 19, 2017: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28751929/the-preconditioning-of-berberine-suppresses-hydrogen-peroxide-induced-premature-senescence-via-regulation-of-sirtuin-1
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Xiaofei Zhu, Haodi Yue, Xiaofang Guo, Jingyi Yang, Jingshuo Liu, Jiangtao Liu, Ruijie Wang, Wenjuan Zhu
With a long history of application in Chinese traditional medicine, berberine (BBR) was reported to exhibit healthspan-extending properties in some age-related diseases, such as type 2 diabetes and atherosclerosis. However, the antiaging mechanism of BBR is not completely clear. By means of hydrogen peroxide- (H2O2-) induced premature cellular senescence model, we found that a low-concentration preconditioning of BBR could resist premature senescence in human diploid fibroblasts (HDFs) measured by senescence-associated β-galactosidase (SA-β-gal), accompanied by a decrease in loss of mitochondrial membrane potential and production of intracellular reactive oxygen species (ROS)...
2017: Oxidative Medicine and Cellular Longevity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28750655/non-genomic-transmission-of-longevity-between-generations-potential-mechanisms-and%C3%A2-evidence-across-species
#16
REVIEW
Alexander M Vaiserman, Alexander K Koliada, Randy L Jirtle
Accumulating animal and human data indicate that environmental exposures experienced during sensitive developmental periods may strongly influence risk of adult disease. Moreover, the effects triggered by developmental environmental cues can be transgenerationally transmitted, potentially affecting offspring health outcomes. Increasing evidence suggests a central role of epigenetic mechanisms (heritable alterations in gene expression occurring without changes in underlying DNA sequence) in mediating these effects...
July 27, 2017: Epigenetics & Chromatin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28749057/how-long-a-life-is-enough-life
#17
Daniel Callahan, Willard Gaylin
Humans have long been troubled by the prospect of old age and its culmination in death. Whether to rebel against or accept this fate have been wrestled with down through the centuries. But new medical technologies and the growing science of aging have sided with rebellion. We know that aging can be pushed back and improved in its quality. That progress is well under way, but now intensified by many scientists and Silicon Valley entrepreneurs. In 2016, Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan pledged three billion dollars toward eventually "preventing, curing or managing all diseases...
July 2017: Hastings Center Report
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28748955/bayesian-association-scan-reveals-loci-associated-with-human-lifespan-and-linked-biomarkers
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Aaron F McDaid, Peter K Joshi, Eleonora Porcu, Andrea Komljenovic, Hao Li, Vincenzo Sorrentino, Maria Litovchenko, Roel P J Bevers, Sina Rüeger, Alexandre Reymond, Murielle Bochud, Bart Deplancke, Robert W Williams, Marc Robinson-Rechavi, Fred Paccaud, Valentin Rousson, Johan Auwerx, James F Wilson, Zoltán Kutalik
The enormous variation in human lifespan is in part due to a myriad of sequence variants, only a few of which have been revealed to date. Since many life-shortening events are related to diseases, we developed a Mendelian randomization-based method combining 58 disease-related GWA studies to derive longevity priors for all HapMap SNPs. A Bayesian association scan, informed by these priors, for parental age of death in the UK Biobank study (n=116,279) revealed 16 independent SNPs with significant Bayes factor at a 5% false discovery rate (FDR)...
July 27, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28739950/coevolution-of-cultural-intelligence-extended-life-history-sociality-and-brain-size-in-primates
#19
Sally E Street, Ana F Navarrete, Simon M Reader, Kevin N Laland
Explanations for primate brain expansion and the evolution of human cognition and culture remain contentious despite extensive research. While multiple comparative analyses have investigated variation in brain size across primate species, very few have addressed why primates vary in how much they use social learning. Here, we evaluate the hypothesis that the enhanced reliance on socially transmitted behavior observed in some primates has coevolved with enlarged brains, complex sociality, and extended lifespans...
July 24, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28737707/an-appropriate-modulation-of-lymphoproliferative-response-and-cytokine-release-as-possible-contributors-to-longevity
#20
Irene Martínez de Toda, Carmen Vida, Mónica De la Fuente
The decrease in the proliferative response of lymphocytes is one of the most evident among the age-related changes of the immune system. This has been linked to a higher risk of mortality in both humans and experimental animals. However, long-lived individuals, in spite of optimally maintaining most of the functions of the immune system, also seem to show an impaired proliferative response. Thus, it was hypothesized that these individuals may have distinct evolution times in this proliferation and a different modulatory capacity through their cytokine release profiles...
July 24, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
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