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Association Between Leukocyte Telomere Length And The Risk Of Incident Atrial Fibrillation: The Framingham Heart Study, Laila Staerk, Biqi Wang, Kathryn L. Lunetta, Robert H. Helm, Darae Ko, Jason A. Sherer, Patrick T. Ellinor, Steven A. Lubitz, David D. Mcmanus, Ramachandran S. Vasan, Emelia J. Benjamin, Ludovic Trinquart Nov 2017

Association Between Leukocyte Telomere Length And The Risk Of Incident Atrial Fibrillation: The Framingham Heart Study, Laila Staerk, Biqi Wang, Kathryn L. Lunetta, Robert H. Helm, Darae Ko, Jason A. Sherer, Patrick T. Ellinor, Steven A. Lubitz, David D. Mcmanus, Ramachandran S. Vasan, Emelia J. Benjamin, Ludovic Trinquart

Open Access Articles

BACKGROUND: Advancing age is a prominent risk factor for atrial fibrillation (AF). Shorter telomere length is a biomarker of biological aging, but the link between shorter telomere length and increased risk of AF remains unclear. We examined the association between shorter leukocyte telomere length (LTL) and incident AF.

METHODS AND RESULTS: We included AF-free participants from the observational Framingham Heart Study Offspring cohort from 1995 to 1998, who had LTL measurements. We examined the association between baseline LTL and incident AF with multivariable Cox models adjusted for age, sex, current smoking, height, weight, systolic and diastolic blood pressure, use of ...


Mitochondrial Stress Restores The Heat Shock Response And Prevents Proteostasis Collapse During Aging, Johnathan Labbadia, Renee M. Brielmann, Mario F. Neto, Yi-Fan Lin, Cole M. Haynes, Richard I. Morimoto Nov 2017

Mitochondrial Stress Restores The Heat Shock Response And Prevents Proteostasis Collapse During Aging, Johnathan Labbadia, Renee M. Brielmann, Mario F. Neto, Yi-Fan Lin, Cole M. Haynes, Richard I. Morimoto

UMass Metabolic Network Publications

In Caenorhabditis elegans, the programmed repression of the heat shock response (HSR) accompanies the transition to reproductive maturity, leaving cells vulnerable to environmental stress and protein aggregation with age. To identify the factors driving this event, we performed an unbiased genetic screen for suppressors of stress resistance and identified the mitochondrial electron transport chain (ETC) as a central regulator of the age-related decline of the HSR and cytosolic proteostasis. Mild downregulation of ETC activity, either by genetic modulation or exposure to mitochondria-targeted xenobiotics, maintained the HSR in adulthood by increasing HSF-1 binding and RNA polymerase II recruitment at HSF-1 target ...


Age-Associated Microrna Expression In Human Peripheral Blood Is Associated With All-Cause Mortality And Age-Related Traits, Tianxiao Huan, George Chen, Chunyu Liu, Anindya Bhattacharya, Jian Rong, Brian H. Chen, Sudha Seshadri, Kahraman Tanriverdi, Jane E. Freedman, Martin G. Larson, Joanne M. Murabito, Daniel Levy Oct 2017

Age-Associated Microrna Expression In Human Peripheral Blood Is Associated With All-Cause Mortality And Age-Related Traits, Tianxiao Huan, George Chen, Chunyu Liu, Anindya Bhattacharya, Jian Rong, Brian H. Chen, Sudha Seshadri, Kahraman Tanriverdi, Jane E. Freedman, Martin G. Larson, Joanne M. Murabito, Daniel Levy

UMass Metabolic Network Publications

Recent studies provide evidence of correlations of DNA methylation and expression of protein-coding genes with human aging. The relations of microRNA expression with age and age-related clinical outcomes have not been characterized thoroughly. We explored associations of age with whole-blood microRNA expression in 5221 adults and identified 127 microRNAs that were differentially expressed by age at P < 3.3 x 10(-4) (Bonferroni-corrected). Most microRNAs were underexpressed in older individuals. Integrative analysis of microRNA and mRNA expression revealed changes in age-associated mRNA expression possibly driven by age-associated microRNAs in pathways that involve RNA processing, translation, and immune function. We fitted a linear model to predict 'microRNA age' that incorporated expression levels of 80 microRNAs. MicroRNA age correlated modestly with predicted age from DNA methylation (r = 0.3) and mRNA expression (r = 0.2), suggesting that microRNA age may complement mRNA and epigenetic age prediction models. We used the difference between microRNA age and chronological age as a biomarker of accelerated aging (Deltaage) and found that Deltaage was associated with all-cause mortality (hazards ratio 1.1 per year difference, P = 4.2 x 10(-5) adjusted for sex and chronological age). Additionally, Deltaage was associated with coronary heart disease, hypertension, blood pressure, and glucose levels. In conclusion, we constructed a microRNA age prediction model based on whole-blood microRNA expression profiling. Age-associated microRNAs and their targets have potential utility to detect accelerated aging and to predict risks for age-related diseases. Wiley and Sons Ltd.


Cross-Sectional Relations Of Whole-Blood Mirna Expression Levels And Hand Grip Strength In A Community Sample, Joanne M. Murabito, Jian Rong, Kathryn L. Lunetta, Tianxiao Huan, Honghuang Lin, Qiang Zhao, Jane E. Freedman, Kahraman Tanriverdi, Daniel Levy, Martin G. Larson Aug 2017

Cross-Sectional Relations Of Whole-Blood Mirna Expression Levels And Hand Grip Strength In A Community Sample, Joanne M. Murabito, Jian Rong, Kathryn L. Lunetta, Tianxiao Huan, Honghuang Lin, Qiang Zhao, Jane E. Freedman, Kahraman Tanriverdi, Daniel Levy, Martin G. Larson

UMass Metabolic Network Publications

MicroRNAs (miRNAs) regulate gene expression with emerging data suggesting miRNAs play a role in skeletal muscle biology. We sought to examine the association of miRNAs with grip strength in a community-based sample. Framingham Heart Study Offspring and Generation 3 participants (n = 5668 54% women, mean age 55 years, range 24, 90 years) underwent grip strength measurement and miRNA profiling using whole blood from fasting morning samples. Linear mixed-effects regression modeling of grip strength (kg) versus continuous miRNA 'Cq' values and versus binary miRNA expression was performed. We conducted an integrative miRNA-mRNA coexpression analysis and examined the enrichment of biologic pathways ...


Il-2 And Il-6 Cooperate To Enhance The Generation Of Influenza-Specific Cd8 T Cells Responding To Live Influenza Virus In Aged Mice And Humans, Xin Zhou, Jacob W. Hopkins, Chongkai Wang, Vinayak Brahmakshatriya, Susan L. Swain, George A. Kuchel, Laura Haynes, Janet E. Mcelhaney Jun 2016

Il-2 And Il-6 Cooperate To Enhance The Generation Of Influenza-Specific Cd8 T Cells Responding To Live Influenza Virus In Aged Mice And Humans, Xin Zhou, Jacob W. Hopkins, Chongkai Wang, Vinayak Brahmakshatriya, Susan L. Swain, George A. Kuchel, Laura Haynes, Janet E. Mcelhaney

Open Access Articles

An age-related decline in cytolytic activity has been described in CD8+ T cells and we have previously shown that the poor CD8+ effector T cell responses to influenza A/H3N2 challenge result from a decline in the proportion and function of these cytolytic T lymphocytes (CTL). Here, we describe that addition of exogenous cytokines to influenza-stimulated PBMC from both aged mice and humans, enhances the generation of influenza specific CD8 CTL by increasing their proliferation and survival. Our data show that the addition of IL-2 and IL-6 to splenocytes from mice previously infected with influenza virus restores the aged CD8 ...


Skeletal Muscle Function Changes With Aging And Exercise: From The Myosin Molecule To The Whole Muscle, Mark S. Miller May 2016

Skeletal Muscle Function Changes With Aging And Exercise: From The Myosin Molecule To The Whole Muscle, Mark S. Miller

UMass Center for Clinical and Translational Science Research Retreat

As part of the mini-symposium entitled "Advancing Translational Research at the UMass Amherst Center for Personalized Health Monitoring," Dr. Miller's presentation highlights current research initiatives on muscle function changes with aging and exercise.


Age-Related Changes In The Neuronal Architecture Of Caenorhabditis Elegans: A Dissertation, Anagha Khandekar Oct 2015

Age-Related Changes In The Neuronal Architecture Of Caenorhabditis Elegans: A Dissertation, Anagha Khandekar

GSBS Dissertations and Theses

Though symptoms such as loss of vision, decline in cognition and memory are evident during aging, the underlying processes that affect neuronal function during aging are not well understood. Unlike changes in other tissues and organs, age-related changes in the nervous system affect the overall physical, mental as well as social state of human beings. To start elucidating the molecular mechanisms underlying normal age-dependent brain decline, we have characterized structural neuronal changes occurring during Caenorhabditis elegans aging. Our analysis reveals distinct neuronal alterations that arise with age and that the types of changes and their age of onset are neuronal-type ...


The Influence Of The Insulin-Like Gene Family And Diet-Drug Interactions On Caenorhabditis Elegans Physiology: A Dissertation, Ashlyn D. Ritter Aug 2015

The Influence Of The Insulin-Like Gene Family And Diet-Drug Interactions On Caenorhabditis Elegans Physiology: A Dissertation, Ashlyn D. Ritter

GSBS Dissertations and Theses

Aging can be defined as the accumulation of changes affecting the maintenance of homeostatic processes over time, leading to functional decline and increased risk for disease and death. In its simplicity, aging is the systemwide deterioration of an organism. Genetic studies have identified many potential molecular mechanisms of aging including DNA damage, telomere shortening, mitochondrial dysfunction, increased oxidative stress, uncontrolled inflammation, and hormone dysregulation (reviewed in [1]). However, in reality, aging is likely to be a combination of some (or potentially all) of these mechanisms.

Interestingly, aging and metabolism are tightly coordinated. Aging is a major contributor to metabolic decline ...


Using C. Elegans For Aging Research, Heidi A. Tissenbaum Jan 2015

Using C. Elegans For Aging Research, Heidi A. Tissenbaum

Molecular, Cell and Cancer Biology Publications

Over a century ago, the zoologist Emile Maupas first identified the nematode, Rhabditis elegans, in the soil in Algiers. Subsequent work and phylogenic studies renamed the species Caenorhabditis elegans or more commonly referred to as C. elegans; (Caeno meaning recent; rhabditis meaning rod; elegans meaning nice). However, it was not until 1963, when Sydney Brenner, already successful from his work on DNA, RNA, and the genetic code, suggested the future of biological research lay in model organisms. Brenner believed that biological research required a model system that could grow in vast quantities in the lab, were cheap to maintain and ...


Transcriptional Regulation Of Caenorhabditis Elegans Foxo/Daf-16 Modulates Lifespan, Ankita Bansal, Eun-Soo Kwon, Darryl Conte Jr., Haibo Liu, Michael J. Gilchrist, Lesley T. Macneil, Heidi A. Tissenbaum Apr 2014

Transcriptional Regulation Of Caenorhabditis Elegans Foxo/Daf-16 Modulates Lifespan, Ankita Bansal, Eun-Soo Kwon, Darryl Conte Jr., Haibo Liu, Michael J. Gilchrist, Lesley T. Macneil, Heidi A. Tissenbaum

Program in Gene Function and Expression Publications and Presentations

BACKGROUND: Insulin/IGF-1 signaling plays a central role in longevity across phylogeny. In C. elegans, the forkhead box O (FOXO) transcription factor, DAF-16, is the primary target of insulin/IGF-1 signaling, and multiple isoforms of DAF-16 (a, b, and d/f) modulate lifespan, metabolism, dauer formation, and stress resistance. Thus far, across phylogeny modulation of mammalian FOXOs and DAF-16 have focused on post-translational regulation with little focus on transcriptional regulation. In C. elegans, we have previously shown that DAF-16d/f cooperates with DAF-16a to promote longevity. In this study, we generated transgenic strains expressing near-endogenous levels of either daf-16a or ...


Smurf2 Regulates Hematopoietic Stem Cell Self-Renewal And Aging, Charusheila Ramkumar, Yahui Kong, Sally E. Trabucco, Rachel M. Gerstein, Hong Zhang Feb 2014

Smurf2 Regulates Hematopoietic Stem Cell Self-Renewal And Aging, Charusheila Ramkumar, Yahui Kong, Sally E. Trabucco, Rachel M. Gerstein, Hong Zhang

GSBS Student Publications

The age-dependent decline in the self-renewal capacity of stem cells plays a critical role in aging, but the precise mechanisms underlying this decline are not well understood. By limiting proliferative capacity, senescence is thought to play an important role in age-dependent decline of stem cell self-renewal, although direct evidence supporting this hypothesis is largely lacking. We have previously identified the E3 ubiquitin ligase Smurf2 as a critical regulator of senescence. In this study, we found that mice deficient in Smurf2 had an expanded hematopoietic stem cell (HSC) compartment in bone marrow under normal homeostatic conditions, and this expansion was associated ...


Expression Of Rag2 And V(D)J Recombinase Activity Are Reduced In Aged Mice As A Result Of Changes In The Bone Marrow Microenvironment: A Dissertation, Joseph E. Labrie Iii Feb 2004

Expression Of Rag2 And V(D)J Recombinase Activity Are Reduced In Aged Mice As A Result Of Changes In The Bone Marrow Microenvironment: A Dissertation, Joseph E. Labrie Iii

GSBS Dissertations and Theses

Both humans and mice display an age-related decline in immunity. Reduced generation of mature B cells may be a contributing factor due to reduced entry of mature B cells with novel B cell receptors and specificity for pathogens into the mature B cell pool. In aged mice the numbers of B cell precursors within the bone marrow are diminished; there is a severe reduction in numbers of pre-B cells and an increase in numbers of re-circulated mature B cells. Other defects in developing B cells include reduced expression of rag1 and rag2 when measured in total bone marrow precursor populations ...