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Lookup NU author(s): Dr Carmen Martin-RuizORCiD,
Professor Thomas von Zglinicki
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Telomeres are nucleo-protein complexes at the end of eukaryotic chromosomes. They shorten each time a somatic cell replicates and this shortening is modulated by the effects of oxidative stress. Previous studies have associated telomere length with a number of age-related outcomes and it is hypothesized to be a quantitative indicator of aging. We tested this hypothesis in a cohort of approximately 1000 relatively healthy 70-year-old Scots (the Lothian Birth Cohort of 1936: LBC1936) on whom we have measures of cognition, physical health and associated traits, and social class. Telomeres were significantly longer in males than females (p < 0.0001). Longer telomeres were associated, in females only, with higher general cognitive ability scores (p = 0.022) and lower C-reactive protein levels (p = 0.014). Telomere length was not associated with any of the other measured cognitive, physical, or social traits. In conclusion we find little evidence that telomere length is a significant biomarker of normal aging in important cognitive and physical domains.
Author(s): Harris SE, Martin-Ruiz C, vonZglinicki T, Starr JM, Deary IJ
Publication type: Article
Publication status: Published
Journal: Neurobiology of Aging
Print publication date: 30/12/2010
ISSN (print): 0197-4580
ISSN (electronic): 1558-1497
Publisher: Elsevier Inc.
PubMed id: 21194798
Notes: Harris, Sarah E
von Zglinicki, Thomas
Starr, John M
Deary, Ian J
Neurobiol Aging. 2012 Jul;33(7):1486.e3-8. Epub 2010 Dec 30.
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