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Genetic factors clearly contribute to exceptional longevity and healthy aging in humans, yet the identification of the underlying genes remains a challenge. Longevity is a complex phenotype with modest heritability. Age-related phenotypes with higher heritability may have greater success in gene discovery. Candidate gene and genome-wide association studies(More)
The association of polymorphisms of tumor suppressor gene TP53 with breast cancer has widely been reported; however, the results are inconsistent. Here, we selected three commonly studied TP53 polymorphisms: codon 72 Arg > Pro, IVS3 16 bp Del/Ins, and IVS6 + 62A > G to explore their association with breast cancer risk by meta-analysis of published(More)
To better characterize aging in mice, the Jackson Aging Center carried out a lifespan study of 31 genetically-diverse inbred mouse strains housed in a specific pathogen-free facility. Clinical assessments were carried out every 6 months, measuring multiple age-related phenotypes including neuromuscular, kidney and heart function, body composition, bone(More)
Mice are an ideal mammalian model for studying the genetics of aging: considerable resources are available, the generation time is short, and the environment can be easily controlled, an important consideration when performing mapping studies to identify genes that influence lifespan and age-related diseases. In this review we highlight some salient(More)
OBJECTIVE During aging, hematopoietic stem cell (HSC) exhaustion is more severe in BALB/cByJ (BALB) mice than in C57BL/6J (B6) mice. Our objective is to determine whether HSC exhaustion during development from fetus to adult also is more severe for BALB than for B6 mice. MATERIALS AND METHODS Hematopoietic stem cells from fetal liver cells (FLCs) and from(More)
Inbred mice provide a unique tool to study aging populations because of the genetic homogeneity within an inbred strain, their short life span, and the tools for analysis which are available. A large-scale longitudinal and cross-sectional aging study was conducted on 30 inbred strains to determine, using histopathology, the type and diversity of diseases(More)
Aging in the kidney can cause albuminuria, and discovering molecular mechanisms responsible for this might offer a new perspective on the etiology of this abnormality. Haplotype association mapping in the mouse is a novel approach which uses the haplotypes of the relatively closely related mouse inbred strains and the phenotypic variation among these(More)
Quantitative trait loci (QTL) of longevity identified in human and mouse are significantly colocalized, suggesting that common mechanisms are involved. However, the limited number of strains that have been used in mouse longevity studies undermines the ability to identify longevity genes. We crossed C57BL/6J mice with a new wild-derived strain, Pohn, and(More)
Vehicle travel and obesity rates in the United States have surged in recent decades. This paper contributes to the mounting evidence of a link between them by drawing attention to a very close relationship between trends in miles driven per licensed driver and adult obesity rates six years later. It also presents evidence on why the effect might be expected(More)
In the search for novel genetic diversity that affects the timing of life history traits, we investigated a wild-derived stock of mice (Pohn). Early generations showed extended reproductive life span; however, this phenotype diminished with propagation of the stock. Out-crossing latter generation Pohn mice to C57BL/6J (B6) mice produced PohnB6F1 hybrids(More)