Bridget J Jennings

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Maternal protein undernutrition can influence the growth and longevity of male offspring in the rat. We tested the hypothesis that these differences in longevity were associated with changes in the rate of telomere shortening. We found age-related shortening of telomeres in the liver and kidney but not in the brain of male rats. Growth retardation in(More)
There is substantial and long-standing literature linking the level of general nutrition to longevity. Reducing nutrition below the amount needed to sustain maximum growth increases longevity in a wide range of organisms. Oxidative damage has been shown to be a major feature of the aging process. Telomere shortening is now well established as a key process(More)
Poor early growth is associated with Type II diabetes, hypertension and other features of the metabolic syndrome in adulthood. It has been suggested that this results from the development of a thrifty phenotype by a malnourished fetus. Such a phenotype would predispose the offspring to the development of obesity if born into conditions of over-nutrition.(More)
BACKGROUND Previous studies have shown that in male rats, exposure to maternal protein restriction either in utero or whilst suckling can have profound effects on both longevity and kidney telomere lengths. This study monitored albuminuria longitudinally in male rats whose mothers had been protein restricted either during pregnancy or lactation. METHODS(More)
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