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Reduction of telomere length has been postulated to be a causal factor in cellular aging. Human telomeres terminate in tandemly arranged repeat arrays consisting of the (TTAGGG) motif. The length of these arrays in cells from human mitotic tissues is inversely related to the age of the donor, indicating telomere reduction with age. In addition to telomere(More)
Ample evidence supports a role for tumour necrosis factor alpha (TNFalpha) in the development of type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease. TNFalpha expression was found to be influenced by a -308G/A polymorphism in the promoter of the gene encoding TNFalpha (TNF). We investigated the contribution of this polymorphism to diabetes and cardiovascular(More)
An elevated level of homocysteine in plasma is associated with the occurrence of cardiovascular disease. A common ala-to-val mutation in the methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase gene (MTHFR) is associated with an elevated level of plasma homocysteine. We studied the possible detrimental effects of the MTHFR mutation on mortality. Within a population-based(More)
The common apolipoprotein E (APOE) alleles epsilon2, epsilon3, and epsilon4 are associated with the risk of dementia and cardiovascular disease. Recently, two functional variants (- 219G/T and -491A/T) were identified in the promoter of the APOE gene that enable a further characterization of the role of the APOE locus in disease. We investigated the(More)
To study associations between genetic variation and disease, large bio-banks need to be created in multicenter studies. Therefore, we studied the effects of storage time and temperature on DNA quality and quantity in a simulation experiment with storage up to 28 days frozen, at 4 degrees C and at room temperature. In the simulation experiment, the(More)
Aging may be explained, to some extent, as a stochastic process of macromolecular damage. The rate of such a process should then determine longevity and be genetically controlled, as can be derived from the species specificity of maximum lifespan. The genome of the somatic cell is a major candidate to study for loss of DNA sequence integrity during aging.(More)
AIMS This study aimed to investigate systematically (i) the appropriate dietary conditions to induce the features of the MetS in APOE*3Leiden.humanCholesteryl Ester Transfer Protein (E3L.CETP) mice and (ii) whether the response of this model to different antidiabetic and hypolipidemic drugs is similar as in humans. METHODS Male obese, IR and dyslipidemic(More)
High-fat diets (HFD) are thought to contribute to the development of metabolism-related diseases. The long-term impact of HFD may be mediated by epigenetic mechanisms, and indeed, HFD has been reported to induce DNA methylation changes in white adipose tissue (WAT) near metabolism related genes. However, previous studies were limited to a single WAT depot,(More)
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