Short telomeres linked with osteoarthritis

Short telomeres linked with osteoarthritis

Posted by: on Feb 11, 2012 | No Comments

New research published in BioMed Central’s open access journal Arthritis Research & Therapy has shown that telomeres in the cells of knees with osteoarthritis (a type of degenerative arthritis) are abnormally short.

Inherited gene mutation appears to shorten telomeres and increase cancer risk

Inherited gene mutation appears to shorten telomeres and increase cancer risk

Posted by: on Feb 7, 2012 | No Comments

It has recently been found that people with an inherited mutation in the TP53 gene are much more likely to show signs of chromosome explosion, a condition called chromothripsis which is known to cause cancer.

Antioxidant Therapy linked to telomerase production and heart failure treatment

Antioxidant Therapy linked to telomerase production and heart failure treatment

Posted by: on Feb 6, 2012 | No Comments

A study conducted by the Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology at  Kyushu University’s Medical Institute of Bioregulation in Beppu, Japan has connected oxidative stress and the development of heart failure to telomeres and telomerase activity.

Rapidly aging stem cells respond to antioxidant treatment

Rapidly aging stem cells respond to antioxidant treatment

Posted by: on Feb 3, 2012 | No Comments

The Division of Hematology at the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis has found that when mutant stem cells which are damaged and aging are treated with the antioxidant N-acetyl cysteine (NAC), it prevents and delays the onset of a type of bone marrow failure called X-linked dyskeratosis congenita (DC).

Telomerase production in brain linked to modulation of depression

Telomerase production in brain linked to modulation of depression

Posted by: on Feb 2, 2012 | No Comments

Researchers at the Laboratory of Cerebrovascular Disease at Nanjing Medical University in Nanjing, China have recently concluded that depression-related mood swings are directly related to the production of telomerase in the hippocampus, though telomerase’s role in depression remains unclear.