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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28805708/correlation-of-leukocyte-telomere-length-measurement-methods-in-patients-with-dyskeratosis-congenita-and-in-their-unaffected-relatives
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Payal P Khincha, Casey L Dagnall, Belynda Hicks, Kristine Jones, Abraham Aviv, Masayuki Kimura, Hormuzd Katki, Geraldine Aubert, Neelam Giri, Blanche P Alter, Sharon A Savage, Shahinaz M Gadalla
Several methods have been employed to measure telomere length (TL) in human studies. It has been difficult to directly compare the results from these studies because of differences in the laboratory techniques and output parameters. We compared TL measurements (TLMs) by the three most commonly used methods, quantitative polymerase chain reaction (qPCR), flow cytometry with fluorescence in situ hybridization (flow FISH) and Southern blot, in a cohort of patients with the telomere biology disorder dyskeratosis congenita (DC) and in their unaffected relatives (controls)...
August 13, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28789901/sirtuins-epigenetics-and-longevity
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REVIEW
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/28776935/shorter-telomere-length-increases-age-related-tumor-risks-in-von-hippel-lindau-disease-patients
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Jiang-Yi Wang, Shuang-He Peng, Xiang-Hui Ning, Teng Li, Sheng-Jie Liu, Jia-Yuan Liu, Bao-An Hong, Nie-Nie Qi, Xiang Peng, Bo-Wen Zhou, Jiu-Feng Zhang, Lin Cai, Kan Gong
Von Hippel-Lindau (VHL) disease is a rare autosomal dominant cancer syndrome caused by alterations of VHL gene. Patients are predisposed to develop pheochromocytomas and solid or cystic tumors of the central nervous system, kidney, pancreas, and retina. Remarkable phenotypic heterogeneity exits in organ involvement and tumor onset age between and within VHL families. However, no reliable markers have been found to predict the age-related tumor risks in VHL patients. A large Chinese cohort composed of 300 VHL patients and 92 healthy family controls was enrolled in our study...
August 4, 2017: Cancer Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28752814/a-matter-of-scale-and-dimensions-chromatin-of-chromosome-landmarks-in-the-fungi
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Allyson A Erlendson, Steven Friedman, Michael Freitag
Chromatin and chromosomes of fungi are highly diverse and dynamic, even within species. Much of what we know about histone modification enzymes, RNA interference, DNA methylation, and cell cycle control was first addressed in Saccharomyces cerevisiae, Schizosaccharomyces pombe, Aspergillus nidulans, and Neurospora crassa. Here, we examine the three landmark regions that are required for maintenance of stable chromosomes and their faithful inheritance, namely, origins of DNA replication, telomeres and centromeres...
July 2017: Microbiology Spectrum
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28737715/latency-integration-and-reactivation-of-human-herpesvirus-6
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REVIEW
Shara N Pantry, Peter G Medveczky
Human herpesvirus-6A (HHV-6A) and human herpesvirus-6B (HHV-6B) are two closely related viruses that infect T-cells. Both HHV-6A and HHV-6B possess telomere-like repeats at the terminal regions of their genomes that facilitate latency by integration into the host telomeres, rather than by episome formation. In about 1% of the human population, human herpes virus-6 (HHV-6) integration into germline cells allows the viral genome to be passed down from one generation to the other; this condition is called inherited chromosomally integrated HHV-6 (iciHHV-6)...
July 24, 2017: Viruses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28704792/cigarette-smoking-and-telomere-length-a-systematic-review-of-84-studies-and-meta-analysis
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Yuliana Astuti, Ardyan Wardhana, Johnathan Watkins, Wahyu Wulaningsih
BACKGROUND: Cigarette smoking is a risk factor for ageing-related disease, but its association with biological ageing, indicated by telomere length, is unclear. METHODS: We systematically reviewed evidence evaluating association between smoking status and telomere length. Searches were performed in MEDLINE (Ovid) and EMBASE (Ovid) databases, combining variation of keywords "smoking" and "telomere". Data was extracted for study characteristics and estimates for association between smoking and telomere length...
July 10, 2017: Environmental Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28697478/shedding-lights-on-the-flexible-armed-porphyrins-human-telomeric-g4-dna-interaction-and-cell-photocytotoxicity-research
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Xiang-Yu Sun, Ping Zhao, Shu-Fang Jin, Min-Chao Liu, Xia-Hong Wang, Yu-Min Huang, Zhen-Feng Cheng, Si-Qi Yan, Yan-Yu Li, Ya-Qing Chen, Yan-Mei Zhong
DNA polymorphism exerts a fascination on a large scientific community. Without crystallographic structural data, clarification of the binding modes between G-quadruplex (G4) and ligand (complex) is a challenging job. In the present work, three porphyrin compounds with different flexible carbon chains (arms) were designed, synthesized and characterized. Their binding, folding and stabilizing abilities to human telomeric G4 DNA structures were comparatively researched. Positive charges at the end of the flexible carbon chains seem to be favorable for the DNA-porphyrin interactions, which were evidenced by the spectral results and further confirmed by the molecular docking calculations...
July 4, 2017: Journal of Photochemistry and Photobiology. B, Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28681198/childhood-maltreatment-and-hiv-associated-neurocognitive-disorders-share-similar-pathophysiology-a-potential-sensitisation-mechanism
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Jacqueline S Womersley, Soraya Seedat, Sian M J Hemmings
HIV-associated neurocognitive disorders (HAND) are increasingly prevalent despite the use of antiretroviral therapies. Previous research suggests that individual host factors play an important role in determining susceptibility to HAND. In this review, we propose that childhood trauma (CT) and HAND share several common aetiological mechanisms, namely hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis dysregulation, neuroinflammation and oxidative stress. These convergent and consequent mechanisms may translate into an increased risk of developing HAND in individuals who have experienced early life stress...
July 5, 2017: Metabolic Brain Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28667246/genetic-profile-and-biological-implication-of-pin2-trf1-interacting-telomerase-inhibitor-1-pinx1-in-human-cancers-an-analysis-using-the-cancer-genome-atlas
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Wei-Juan Huang, Mei Li, Xiao-Han Jin, Xiao-Jia Huang, Wei Zhao, Xiao-Peng Tian
Pin2/TRF1-interacting telomere inhibitor 1 (PinX1) was originally identified as a telomerase inhibitor, involved in maintaining telomerase activity, telomere length, and chromosomal stability. However, research has shown that PinX1 can have opposing molecular status in its expression patterns in several other tumor types. We thus investigated the genetic profile and biological implication of PinX1 in several human cancers using the cBioportal database. Our results showed that PinX1 deletion accounted for the most alterations, with the frequency of its deletion regularly occurring in pathological types of carcinosarcoma and adenocarcinoma...
June 21, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28666127/approaching-terra-firma-genomic-functions-of-telomeric-noncoding-rna
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Caitlin M Roake, Steven E Artandi
Functions of the telomeric repeat-containing RNA (TERRA), the long noncoding RNA (lncRNA) transcribed from telomeres, have eluded researchers. In this issue of Cell, Graf el al. and Chu et al. uncover new regulatory roles for TERRA at the telomere and at distant genomic sites.
June 29, 2017: Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28665427/effects-of-bioactive-compounds-on-senescence-and-components-of-senescence-associated-secretory-phenotypes-in-vitro
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REVIEW
Janubová Mária, Žitňanová Ingrid
Senescence is a permanent cell cycle arrest that is accompanied by changes in cell morphology and physiology occurring in vitro and in vivo. Senescence evolved as a beneficial response to damage promoting wound healing, limiting fibrosis, fighting against cancer and helping embryonic development. However, excessive accumulation of senescent cells is considered to play a substantial role in the development of aging-related diseases and other morphological and physiological changes associated with aging. Therefore, the aim of many researchers is to find out a way to eliminate senescent cells and improve the health condition of aging people...
July 19, 2017: Food & Function
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28660486/hutchinson-gilford-progeria-syndrome-a-premature-aging-disease
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REVIEW
Muhammad Saad Ahmed, Sana Ikram, Nousheen Bibi, Asif Mir
Progeria is sporadic, very rare, autosomal dominant, deadly childhood disorder. It is one of the progeroid syndromes also known as Hutchinson-Gilford progeria syndrome (HGPS). Aging is a developmental process that begins with fertilization and ends up with death involving a lot of environmental and genetic factors. The disease firstly involves premature aging and then death from complications of atherosclerosis such as myocardial infarction, stroke, atherosclerosis, or heart failure. The lifespan of the patient is normally up to teen age or early twenties...
June 28, 2017: Molecular Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28654021/vitamin-c-aging-and-alzheimer-s-disease
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REVIEW
Fiammetta Monacelli, Erica Acquarone, Chiara Giannotti, Roberta Borghi, Alessio Nencioni
Accumulating evidence in mice models of accelerated senescence indicates a rescuing role of ascorbic acid in premature aging. Supplementation of ascorbic acid appeared to halt cell growth, oxidative stress, telomere attrition, disorganization of chromatin, and excessive secretion of inflammatory factors, and extend lifespan. Interestingly, ascorbic acid (AA) was also found to positively modulate inflamm-aging and immunosenescence, two hallmarks of biological aging. Moreover, ascorbic acid has been shown to epigenetically regulate genome integrity and stability, indicating a key role of targeted nutrition in healthy aging...
June 27, 2017: Nutrients
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634520/effect-of-heartfulness-meditation-on-burnout-emotional-wellness-and-telomere-length-in-health-care-professionals
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Jayaram Thimmapuram, Robert Pargament, Kedesha Sibliss, Rodney Grim, Rosana Risques, Erik Toorens
Background: Burnout poses significant challenges during training years in residency and later in the career. Meditation is a tool to treat stress-related conditions and promote wellness. Telomere length may be affected by burnout and stress. However, the benefits of meditation have not been fully demonstrated in health care professionals. Objective: We assessed the effects of a 12-week 'Heartfulness Meditation' program on burnout, emotional wellness, and telomere length in residents, faculty members, and nurses at a large community teaching hospital during the 2015-16 academic year...
January 2017: Journal of Community Hospital Internal Medicine Perspectives
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28622887/genetic-etiology-of-oral-cancer
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REVIEW
Johar Ali, Bibi Sabiha, Hanif Ullah Jan, Syed Adnan Haider, Abid Ali Khan, Saima S Ali
Head and neck squamous cell carcinoma (HNSCC) is the sixth most common cancer worldwide. It accounts for 2.5% of all new cancer cases and 1.9% of all cancer deaths annually. More than 90% of oral cancers (occurring in the mouth, lip, and tongue) are oral squamous cell carcinoma. The incidence rate of oral cancer varies widely throughout the world, with an evident prevalence in South Asian countries. This high incidence occurs in correlation with oral cancer-associated behaviors such as alcohol, tobacco use...
July 2017: Oral Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28613367/-associations-between-depression-anxiety-and-telomere-length-in-a-large-dutch-psychiatric-cohort-study
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J E Verhoeven, P van Oppen, B W J H Penninx
Not only do depressive and anxiety disorders have psychological consequenses, they can also lead to impaired physical health. Persons with depressieve and anxiety disorders have increased risk of developing several ageing-related somatic ilnesses. This raises the question whether persons with depressive or anxiety disorder are subject to accelerated cellular ageing.<br/> AIM: To test the cross-sectional and longitudinal associations between depressive and anxiety disorders and telomere length, an indicator of cellular ageing...
2017: Tijdschrift Voor Psychiatrie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28611710/promising-links-between-meditation-and-reduced-brain-aging-an-attempt-to-bridge-some-gaps-between-the-alleged-fountain-of-youth-and-the-youth-of-the-field
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REVIEW
Florian Kurth, Nicolas Cherbuin, Eileen Luders
Over the last decade, an increasing number of studies has reported a positive impact of meditation on cerebral aging. However, the underlying mechanisms for these seemingly brain-protecting effects are not well-understood. This may be due to the fact, at least partly, that systematic empirical meditation research has emerged only recently as a field of scientific scrutiny. Thus, on the one hand, critical questions remain largely unanswered; and on the other hand, outcomes of existing research require better integration to build a more comprehensive and holistic picture...
2017: Frontiers in Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28602380/sleep-duration-and-telomere-length-in-children
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Sarah James, Sara McLanahan, Jeanne Brooks-Gunn, Colter Mitchell, Lisa Schneper, Brandon Wagner, Daniel A Notterman
OBJECTIVE: To test the association between sleep duration and telomere length in a pediatric population. STUDY DESIGN: We analyzed cross-sectional data for 1567 children from the age 9 study wave of the Fragile Families and Child Wellbeing Study, a population-based birth cohort of children born between 1998 and 2000 in large American cities (population >200 000). We measured telomere length using quantitative polymerase chain reaction, and children's typical nightly sleep duration was reported by their primary caregivers...
June 8, 2017: Journal of Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28601667/association-between-childhood-trauma-and-accelerated-telomere-erosion-in-adulthood-a-meta-analytic-study
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Zongchang Li, Ying He, Dong Wang, Jingsong Tang, Xiaogang Chen
BACKGROUND: Childhood trauma has long-term sequelae on health status and contributes to numbers of somatic and mental disorders in later life. Findings from experimental studies in animals suggest that telomere erosion may be a mediator of this relationship. However, results from human studies are heterogeneous. To address these inconsistencies, we performed a meta-analysis regarding the association between childhood trauma and telomere length in adulthood. METHOD: Articles were identified by systematically searching the Medline, EMBASE and Web of Science databases...
October 2017: Journal of Psychiatric Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28600518/aberrant-telomere-length-and-mitochondrial-dna-copy-number-in-suicide-completers
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Ikuo Otsuka, Takeshi Izumi, Shuken Boku, Atsushi Kimura, Yuan Zhang, Kentaro Mouri, Satoshi Okazaki, Kyoichi Shiroiwa, Motonori Takahashi, Yasuhiro Ueno, Osamu Shirakawa, Ichiro Sora, Akitoyo Hishimoto
Short telomere length (TL) occurs in individuals under psychological stress, and with various psychiatric diseases. Recent studies have also reported mitochondrial DNA copy number (mtDNAcn) alterations under several neuropsychiatric conditions. However, no study has examined whether aberrant TL or mtDNAcn occur in completed suicide, one of the most serious outcomes of mental illnesses. TL and mtDNAcn in post-mortem samples from 528 suicide completers without severe physical illness (508 peripheral bloods; 20 brains) and 560 samples from control subjects (peripheral bloods from 535 healthy individuals; 25 post-mortem brains) were analysed by quantitative polymerase chain reaction...
June 9, 2017: Scientific Reports
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