Mechanisms of ageing and development

Publisher: Elsevier

Journal description

Current impact factor: 3.51

Impact Factor Rankings

2015 Impact Factor Available summer 2015
2013 / 2014 Impact Factor 3.51
2012 Impact Factor 3.264
2011 Impact Factor 3.439
2010 Impact Factor 4.857
2009 Impact Factor 4.179
2008 Impact Factor 3.915
2007 Impact Factor 4.308
2006 Impact Factor 3.846
2005 Impact Factor 2.812
2004 Impact Factor 2.866
2003 Impact Factor 3.214
2002 Impact Factor 2.867
2001 Impact Factor 1.841
2000 Impact Factor 1.897
1999 Impact Factor 1.788
1998 Impact Factor 1.583
1997 Impact Factor 1.143
1996 Impact Factor 0.89
1995 Impact Factor 1.182
1994 Impact Factor 1.124
1993 Impact Factor 1.349
1992 Impact Factor 1.571

Impact factor over time

Impact factor

Additional details

5-year impact 3.91
Cited half-life 6.70
Immediacy index 0.63
Eigenfactor 0.02
Article influence 1.36
ISSN 1872-6216

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    ABSTRACT: Telomere shortening in the kidney explains the impaired regenerative capacity, but may not drive the ageing phenotype itself. We investigated kidneys from young and old Terc(+/+) and Terc(-/-) mice of early (G1) and late (G4, G5) generations. Functional parameters declined and age-related morphological changes increased in late generation Terc(-/-) mice and with further age. Podocyte loss was only seen in old G4 Terc(-/-). Whereas p21(CIP1/WAF1) was highest in old G1 and G4 Terc(-/-), telomere shortening and p16(INK4a) expression, also significantly associated with later generation young Terc(-/-), were not further induced in old Terc(-/-) mice. Both, young and old late generation Terc(-/-), showed increased pro-inflammatory cytokine levels. Young late generation Terc(-/-) animals show mild functional and histological abnormalities, the presence of cellular senescence explains their kidneys' limited regenerative capacity. While these aspects resemble the situation seen in aged human kidneys, the lack of telomere shortening and p16(INK4a) induction in older Terc(-/-) animals differs from observations in old human kidneys and may result from clearance of senescent cells. This animal model is well suited to investigate the mechanisms of impaired renal regeneration in aged human kidney, but may not fully explain the natural course of the human renal ageing phenotype. Copyright © 2015. Published by Elsevier Ireland Ltd.
    Mechanisms of ageing and development 08/2015; DOI:10.1016/j.mad.2015.08.004
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    ABSTRACT: Alzheimer's disease is the most common form of dementia among the elderly and is characterized by progressive loss of memory and cognition. Epidemiological and clinical studies demonstrated that type 2 diabetes mellitus is an important risk factor for the development of Alzheimer's disease, i.e. the patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus are frequently companied with Alzheimer's disease symptoms. Despite many studies recently probed into the comorbid state of both diseases, so far the precise mechanism for this association is poorly understood. Emerging evidences suggest that defects in galanin play a central role on type 2 diabetes mellitus and is considered to be a risk factor for Alzheimer's disease development. This review provides a new insight into the multivariate relationship among galanin, type 2 diabetes mellitus and Alzheimer's disease, highlighting the effect of galanin system on the cross-talk between both diseases in human and rodent models. The current data support that activating central GalR2 attenuates insulin resistance and Alzheimer's disease feature in animal models. These may help us better understanding the pathogenesis of both diseases and provide useful hints for the development of novel therapeutic approaches to treat type 2 diabetes mellitus and Alzheimer's disease. Copyright © 2015. Published by Elsevier Ireland Ltd.
    Mechanisms of ageing and development 08/2015; DOI:10.1016/j.mad.2015.08.001
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    ABSTRACT: Regular physical exercise has anti-inflammatory effects in elderly subjects. Yet, the inflammatory responses after whole body vibration (WBV) training, a popular exercise paradigm for the elderly, remain to be elucidated. This study assessed the effects of WBV training on the inflammatory response associated with toll-like receptors (TLRs) signaling pathways. Twenty-eight subjects were randomized to a training group (TG) or a control group (CG). TG followed an 8-week WBV training program. Blood samples were obtained before and after the training period in both groups. Peripheral blood mononuclear cells were isolated, and mRNA and protein levels of makers involved in the TLR2/TLR4 myeloid differentiation primary response gen 88 (MyD88) and TIR domain-containing adaptor inducing interferon (TRIF)-dependent pathways were analyzed. Plasma TNFα and C-reactive protein levels were also assessed. The WBV program reduced protein expression of TLR2, TLR4, MyD88, p65, TRIF and heat shock protein (HSP) 60, while HSP70 content increased. IL-10 mRNA level and protein concentration were upregulated, and TNFα protein content decreased, after WBV training. Plasma concentration of C-reactive protein and TNFα decreased in the TG. The current data suggest WBV may improve the anti-inflammatory status of elderly subjects through an attenuation of MyD88- and TRIF-dependent TLRs signaling pathways. Copyright © 2015. Published by Elsevier Ireland Ltd.
    Mechanisms of ageing and development 08/2015; DOI:10.1016/j.mad.2015.08.002
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    ABSTRACT: AGEs are posttranslational modifications generated by irreversible non-enzymatic crosslinking reactions between sugars and proteins - a reaction referred to as glycation. Glycation, a feature of ageing, can lead to non-degradable and less functional proteins and enzymes and can additionally induce inflammation and further pathophysiological processes such as neurodegeneration. In this study we investigated the influence of glycation on the high affinity NGF-receptor TrkA and the AGE-receptor RAGE. We quantified the binding affinity of the TrkA-receptor and RAGE to their ligands by surface plasmon resonance (SPR) and compared these to the binding affinity after glycation. At the same time, we established a glycation procedure using SPR. We found that glycation of TrkA reduced the affinity to NGF by a factor of three, which could be shown to lead to a reduction of NGF-dependent neurite outgrowth in PC12 cells. Glycation of RAGE reduced binding affinity of AGEs by 10-fold. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier Ireland Ltd. All rights reserved.
    Mechanisms of ageing and development 07/2015; DOI:10.1016/j.mad.2015.07.003
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    ABSTRACT: MARK-AGE aims at the identification of biomarkers of human aging capable of discriminating between the chronological age and the effective functional status of the organism. To achieve this, given the structure of the collected data, a proper statistical analysis has to be performed, as the structure of the data are non trivial and the number of features under study is near to the number of subjects used, requiring special care to avoid overfitting. Here we described some of the possible strategies suitable for this analysis. We also include a description of the main techniques used, to explain and justify the selected strategies. Among other possibilities, we suggest to model and analyze the data with a three step strategy. Copyright © 2015. Published by Elsevier Ireland Ltd.
    Mechanisms of ageing and development 07/2015; DOI:10.1016/j.mad.2015.07.001
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    ABSTRACT: In Alzheimer's disease (AD), activated microglia invade and surround β-amyloid plaques, possibly contributing to the aggregation of amyloid β (Aβ), which affect the survival of neurons and lead to memory loss. Phosphodiesterase-5 (PDE-5) inhibitors have recently been shown a potential therapeutic effect on AD. In this study, the effects of yonkenafil (yonk), a novel PDE-5 inhibitor, on cognitive behaviors as well as the pathological features in transgenic AD mice were investigated. Seven-month-old APP/PS1 transgenic mice were treated with yonk (2, 6, or 18mg/kg, intraperitoneal injection (i.p.)) or sildenafil (sild) (6mg/kg, i.p.) daily for 3 months and then behavioral tests were performed. The results demonstrated that yonk improved nesting-building ability, ameliorated working memory deficits in the Y-maze tasks, and significantly improved learning and memory function in the Morris water maze (MWM) tasks. In addition, yonk reduced the area of Aβ plaques, and inhibited over-activation of microglia and astrocytes. Furthermore, yonk increased neurogenesis in the dentate granule brain region of APP/PS1 mice, indicated by increased BrdU(+)/NeuN(+) and BrdU(+)/DCX(+) cells compared to vehicle-treated transgenic mice. These results suggest that yonk could rescue cognitive deficits by ameliorated amyloid burden through regulating APP processing, inhibited the over-activation of microglia and astrocytes as well as restored neurogenesis. Copyright © 2015. Published by Elsevier Ireland Ltd.
    Mechanisms of ageing and development 07/2015; DOI:10.1016/j.mad.2015.07.002
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    ABSTRACT: Ageing affects most, if not all, functional systems in the body. For example, the somatic motor nervous system, responsible for initiating and regulating motor output to skeletal musculature, is vulnerable to ageing. The nigrostriatal dopamine pathway is one vulnerable component of this system with deficits in dopamine signalling contributing to major motor dysfunction, as exemplified in Parkinson's disease (PD). However, while the dopamine deficit in PD is due to degeneration of substantia nigra (SN) dopamine (DA) neurons, it is unclear whether there is sufficient loss of SN DA neurons with ageing to explain observed motor impairments. Instead, evidence suggests that age-related loss of DA neuron function may be more important than frank cell loss. To further elucidate the mechanisms of functional decline, we have investigated age-related changes in gene expression specifically in laser microdissected SN DA neurons. There were significant age-related changes in the expression of genes associated with neurotrophic factor signalling and the regulation of tyrosine hydroxylase activity. Furthermore, reduced expression of the DA neuron-associated transcription factor, Nurr1, may contribute to these changes. Together, these results suggest that altered neurotrophic signalling and tyrosine hydroxylase activity may contribute to altered DA neuron signalling and motor nervous system regulation in ageing. Copyright © 2015. Published by Elsevier Ireland Ltd.
    Mechanisms of ageing and development 06/2015; 149. DOI:10.1016/j.mad.2015.06.002
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    ABSTRACT: The SKN-1/Nrf transcription factors are master regulators of oxidative stress responses and are emerging as important determinants of longevity. We previously identified a protein named WDR-23 as a direct repressor of SKN-1 in C. elegans. Loss of wdr-23 influences stress resistance, longevity, development, and reproduction, but it is unknown if WDR-23 influences development and reproduction solely through SKN-1 and the mechanisms by which SKN-1 promotes stress resistance and longevity are poorly defined. Here, we characterize phenotypes of wdr-23 and skn-1 manipulation and explore the role of glutathione. We provide evidence that diverse wdr-23 phenotypes are dependent on SKN-1, that beneficial and detrimental phenotypes of wdr-23 and skn-1 can be partially decoupled, and that SKN-1 activation delays degenerative tissue changes during aging. We also show that total glutathione levels are substantially elevated when the wdr-23/skn-1 pathway is activated and that skn-1 is required for preserving this cellular antioxidant during stress and aging. Alternatively, total glutathione was not elevated in worms with reduced insulin/IGF-1-like signaling or dietary restriction suggesting that SKN-1 ensures longevity via different mechanisms under these conditions. Lastly, genetic interaction data revise our understanding of which skn-1 variants are required for longevity during dietary restriction. Copyright © 2015. Published by Elsevier Ireland Ltd.
    Mechanisms of ageing and development 06/2015; 149. DOI:10.1016/j.mad.2015.06.001
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    ABSTRACT: Cartilage injuries are a major concern in the field of orthopedics. They occur following trauma, as well as from a variety of pathological conditions including Osteoarthritis (OA). Although cartilage does not exhibit robust endogenous repair, it has been demonstrated that modulating the activity of p21 can increase the regenerative abilities of cartilage in vitro and in vivo. Since the synovial membrane is abundant with mesenchymal progenitor cells (MPCs) capable of differentiating into cartilage both in vitro and in vivo, we examined if p21 expression levels varied between MPCs derived from normal vs. OA knee joints. Analysis of p21 at the mRNA and protein levels within normal and OA MPCs demonstrated differential levels of expression between these two groups, with OA MPCs having higher p21 expression levels. The higher levels of p21 in OA MPCs are also correlated with a decreased chondrogenic differentiation capacity and synovial inflammation, however, there was no evidence of senescence in the OA cells. The results of this study suggest that cell cycle regulation in MPCs may be altered in OA and that modulation of this pathway may have therapeutic potential once the mechanism by which this regulates stem/progenitor cells is better understood. Copyright © 2015. Published by Elsevier Ireland Ltd.
    Mechanisms of ageing and development 05/2015; 149. DOI:10.1016/j.mad.2015.05.005