DNA damage and ageing: New-age ideas for an age-old problem

George A. Garinis, Gijsbertus T.J. van der Horst, Jan Vijg, Jan H.J. Hoeijmakers

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Loss of genome maintenance may causally contribute to ageing, as exemplified by the premature appearance of multiple symptoms of ageing in a growing family of human syndromes and in mice with genetic defects in genome maintenance pathways. Recent evidence revealed a similarity between such prematurely ageing mutants and long-lived mice harbouring mutations in growth signalling pathways. At first sight this seems paradoxical as they represent both extremes of ageing yet show a similar 'survival' response that is capable of delaying age-related pathology and extending lifespan. Understanding the mechanistic basis of this response and its connection with genome maintenance would open exciting possibilities for counteracting cancer or age-related diseases, and for promoting longevity.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1241-1247
Number of pages7
JournalNature Cell Biology
Issue number11
StatePublished - Jan 1 2008


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Garinis, G. A., van der Horst, G. T. J., Vijg, J., & Hoeijmakers, J. H. J. (2008). DNA damage and ageing: New-age ideas for an age-old problem. Nature Cell Biology, 10(11), 1241-1247. https://doi.org/10.1038/ncb1108-1241