Telomeres

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EMBO reports

Current models envision replicative senescence to be under dual control by the p53 and retinoblastoma (RB) tumour-suppressor pathways. The role of the p16(INK4a)-RB pathway is controversial, and the function of RB in human cells has not been tested directly. We used targeted homologous recombination to knock out one copy of RB in presenescent human fibroblasts. During entry into senescence, RB+/- cells underwent spontaneous loss of heterozygosity and the resultant RB-/- clones bypassed senescence. The extended lifespan phase was eventually terminated by a crisis-like state.

Author(s): 
Wei, Wenyi
Herbig, Utz
Wei, Shan
Dutriaux, Annie
Sedivy, John M.
Publication Title: 
Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science

PURPOSE: To investigate the migratory and contractile behavior of isolated human corneal fibroblasts in fibrillar collagen matrices. METHODS: A telomerase-infected, extended-lifespan human corneal fibroblast cell line (HTK) was transfected by using a vector for enhanced green fluorescent protein (GFP)-alpha-actinin. Cells were plated at low density on top of or within 100-microm-thick fibrillar collagen lattices. After 18 hours to 7 days, time-lapse imaging was performed.

Author(s): 
Vishwanath, Mridula
Ma, Lisha
Otey, Carol A.
Jester, James V.
Petroll, W. Matthew
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Advances in Gerontology = Uspekhi Gerontologii / Rossi?skai?a Akademii?a Nauk, Gerontologicheskoe Obshchestvo

A review of biochemical mechanisms underlying the known approaches to extension of lifespan and/or slowing down of ageing suggests that they all modify balances between generation of active oxygen and carbonyl species and the mechanisms that protect from their damaging effects or repair their consequences. A likely common target of the geroprotector effects of antioxidants, melatonin, and antidiabetic biguanides is the mitochondrial respiratory chain.

Author(s): 
Golubev, A. G.
Publication Title: 
Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry

Hexavalent chromium (Cr(VI)) is a metal of increasing public health concern, as exposure to it is widespread and it is a well-established cause of human bronchial carcinomas and fibrosarcomas. The water-insoluble Cr(VI) salts are potent carcinogens compared to the water soluble salts; yet the genotoxic mechanisms of both may be mediated by soluble Cr(VI) ions. Currently, these mechanisms are poorly understood.

Author(s): 
Wise, Sandra S.
Elmore, Lynne W.
Holt, Shawn E.
Little, Jennifer E.
Antonucci, Peter G.
Bryant, Bronwyn H.
Wise, John Pierce
Publication Title: 
Medical Hypotheses

We hypothesize that many ailments are attributable to dysfunctions of autonomic balance. The autonomic system is a primitive, highly-adaptive response system that allows differential allocation of biologic effort under varying conditions. The autonomic system, however, can execute a response that is inappropriate for the system stressor due to evolutionary displacement. Evolutionary displacement is a situation in which a trait that evolved as an adaptive response to certain conditions now faces a new set of conditions.

Author(s): 
Yun, A. Joon
Lee, Patrick Y.
Bazar, Kimberly A.
Publication Title: 
Anticancer Research

Particulate drug carriers offer unique opportunities to improve tumor therapy through several different mechanisms. Liposomes may (1) assist in formulation of poorly-soluble therapeutic agents, (2) provide a slow-release vehicle to achieve pharmacokinetic profiles that maximize the therapeutic index, or (3) behave as long-circulating nano-particulates that can extravasate in the hyperpermeable regions of tumor vasculature. For paclitaxel, liposomes provide an aid to formulation.

Author(s): 
Straubinger, Robert M.
Arnold, Robert D.
Zhou, Rong
Mazurchuk, Richard
Slack, Jeanine E.
Publication Title: 
Nature

Calorie restriction extends lifespan in organisms ranging from yeast to mammals. In yeast, the SIR2 gene mediates the life-extending effects of calorie restriction. Here we show that the mammalian SIR2 orthologue, Sirt1 (sirtuin 1), activates a critical component of calorie restriction in mammals; that is, fat mobilization in white adipocytes. Upon food withdrawal Sirt1 protein binds to and represses genes controlled by the fat regulator PPAR-gamma (peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor-gamma), including genes mediating fat storage.

Author(s): 
Picard, FrÈdÈric
Kurtev, Martin
Chung, Namjin
Topark-Ngarm, Acharawan
Senawong, Thanaset
Machado De Oliveira, Rita
Leid, Mark
McBurney, Michael W.
Guarente, Leonard
Publication Title: 
The EMBO journal

Telomere shortening in normal human cells causes replicative senescence, a p53-dependent growth arrest state, which is thought to represent an innate defence against tumour progression. However, although it has been postulated that critical telomere loss generates a 'DNA damage' signal, the signalling pathway(s) that alerts cells to short dysfunctional telomeres remains only partially defined.

Author(s): 
Gire, VÈronique
Roux, Pierre
Wynford-Thomas, David
Brondello, Jean-Marc
Dulic, Vjekoslav
Publication Title: 
Journal of Clinical Apheresis

Extension of the storage period of apheresis platelets to seven or ten days may be possible with the implementation of screening for bacteria. This, however, may impair platelet quality, and additive compounds that improve storage parameters would be desirable. Apheresis platelets were harvested using the Cobe LRS device. Part of the product was aliquoted into two CLX bags, 60 ml into each, on day 0. L-carnitine (LC) to a final concentration of 5 mM was added to one container and saline to the other.

Author(s): 
Sweeney, Joseph D.
Kouttab, Nicola M.
Arduini, Arduino
Publication Title: 
Trends in Cell Biology

When overexpressed, the NAD-dependent protein deacetylase Sir2 extends the lifespan of both budding yeast and the nematode worm Caenorhabditis elegans. In the worm, this extension of lifespan requires the FOXO transcription factor daf-16. Three recent articles focusing on mammalian homologues of Sir2 and FOXO have highlighted the mechanisms that generate this genetic interaction. Mammalian SIRT1 deacetylates FOXO3 and/or FOXO4, thus attenuating FOXO-induced apoptosis and potentiating FOXO-induced cell-cycle arrest.

Author(s): 
Giannakou, Maria E.
Partridge, Linda

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