Aging, Premature

Publication Title: 
Human Molecular Genetics

Autophagy is a highly regulated intracellular process involved in the turnover of most cellular constituents and in the maintenance of cellular homeostasis. It is well-established that the basal autophagic activity of living cells decreases with age, thus contributing to the accumulation of damaged macromolecules during aging. Conversely, the activity of this catabolic pathway is required for lifespan extension in animal models such as Caenorhabditis elegans and Drosophila melanogaster.

Author(s): 
MariÒo, Guillermo
Ugalde, Alejandro P.
Salvador-Montoliu, Natalia
Varela, Ignacio
QuirÛs, Pedro M.
CadiÒanos, Juan
van der Pluijm, Ingrid
Freije, JosÈ M. P.
LÛpez-OtÌn, Carlos
Publication Title: 
PLoS genetics

Mutant dwarf and calorie-restricted mice benefit from healthy aging and unusually long lifespan. In contrast, mouse models for DNA repair-deficient progeroid syndromes age and die prematurely. To identify mechanisms that regulate mammalian longevity, we quantified the parallels between the genome-wide liver expression profiles of mice with those two extremes of lifespan. Contrary to expectation, we find significant, genome-wide expression associations between the progeroid and long-lived mice.

Author(s): 
Schumacher, Bjˆrn
van der Pluijm, Ingrid
Moorhouse, Michael J.
Kosteas, Theodore
Robinson, Andria Rasile
Suh, Yousin
Breit, Timo M.
van Steeg, Harry
Niedernhofer, Laura J.
van Ijcken, Wilfred
Bartke, Andrzej
Spindler, Stephen R.
Hoeijmakers, Jan H. J.
van der Horst, Gijsbertus T. J.
Garinis, George A.
Publication Title: 
Biogerontology

The premature ageing ataxia telangiectasia (AT) and Werner syndromes (WS) are associated with accelerated cellular ageing. Young WS fibroblasts have an aged appearance and activated p38 MAP kinase, and treatment with the p38 inhibitor SB230580 extends their lifespan to within the normal range. SB203580 also extends the replicative lifespan of normal adult dermal fibroblasts, however, the effect is much reduced when compared to WS cells, suggesting that WS fibroblasts undergo a form of stress-induced premature senescence (SIPS).

Author(s): 
Davis, Terence
Kipling, David
Publication Title: 
Disease Models & Mechanisms

The study of telomere biology is crucial to the understanding of aging and cancer. In the pursuit of greater knowledge in the field of human telomere biology, the mouse has been used extensively as a model. However, there are fundamental differences between mouse and human cells. Therefore, additional models are required. In light of this, we have characterized telomerase-deficient zebrafish (Danio rerio) as the second vertebrate model for human telomerase-driven diseases.

Author(s): 
Anchelin, Monique
Alcaraz-PÈrez, Francisca
MartÌnez, Carlos M.
BernabÈ-GarcÌa, Manuel
Mulero, Victoriano
Cayuela, MarÌa L.
Publication Title: 
Nature
Author(s): 
Anthes, Emily
Publication Title: 
Science of aging knowledge environment: SAGE KE

What's left to learn about aging? The burning question for many researchers is whether life-stretching pathways and genes from model organisms boost human life span. Researchers might be able to track down additional genes and pathways that adjust longevity by studying a broader range of organisms or by tracking the evolution of genes that promote aging. An alternative way to extend our lives might be to identify the genes behind late-life killers such as heart disease and diabetes.

Author(s): 
Leslie, Mitch
Publication Title: 
Current Drug Targets

A significant increase of the elderly in populations of developed countries is followed by increase morbidity and mortality from main age-related diseases--cardiovascular and neuro-degenerative, cancer, diabetes mellitus, declining in a resistance to infections. Obviously, the development of means of the prevention of the premature ageing and these diseases in humans are crucial at present.

Author(s): 
Anisimov, Vladimir N.
Publication Title: 
PLoS genetics

Mutant dwarf and calorie-restricted mice benefit from healthy aging and unusually long lifespan. In contrast, mouse models for DNA repair-deficient progeroid syndromes age and die prematurely. To identify mechanisms that regulate mammalian longevity, we quantified the parallels between the genome-wide liver expression profiles of mice with those two extremes of lifespan. Contrary to expectation, we find significant, genome-wide expression associations between the progeroid and long-lived mice.

Author(s): 
Schumacher, Bjˆrn
van der Pluijm, Ingrid
Moorhouse, Michael J.
Kosteas, Theodore
Robinson, Andria Rasile
Suh, Yousin
Breit, Timo M.
van Steeg, Harry
Niedernhofer, Laura J.
van Ijcken, Wilfred
Bartke, Andrzej
Spindler, Stephen R.
Hoeijmakers, Jan H. J.
van der Horst, Gijsbertus T. J.
Garinis, George A.
Publication Title: 
MÈdecine Sciences: M/S

Caloric restriction (CR) is the only non-genetic intervention known to date to slow the onset of age-related diseases and increase average and maximum lifespan in several species. Its interest is continually growing, particularly for the identification of mechanisms involved in increasing longevity. Unlike studies in invertebrate and rodent models have provided some indication about the mechanisms of the CR, the efficacy of CR as an anti-aging protocol in primates has not yet been fully established.

Author(s): 
Marchal, Julia
Perret, Martine
Aujard, Fabienne
Publication Title: 
Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine

Schizophrenia is associated with a variety of physical manifestations (i.e. metabolic, neurological) and despite psychotropic medication being blamed for some of these (in particular obesity and diabetes), there is evidence that schizophrenia itself confers an increased risk of physical disease and early death. The observation that schizophrenia and progeroid syndromes share common clinical features and molecular profiles gives rise to the hypothesis that schizophrenia could be conceptualized as a whole body disorder, namely a segmental progeria.

Author(s): 
Papanastasiou, Evangelos
Gaughran, Fiona
Smith, Shubulade

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