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Title: Ageing, gerontogenes, and hormesis
Authors: Rattan, Suresh I S
Issue Date: Jan-2000
Publisher: NISCAIR-CSIR, India
Abstract: Evolutionary theories of ageing and longevity argue against the existence of specific genes that cause ageing. However, genes whose altered activity influences ageing and longevity, may be termed gerontogenes. Several putative gerontogenes have been identified in various ageing systems, including the Drosophila, budding yeast, nematodes and cells in culture. Since ageing is characterized by a progressive failure of maintenance and repair, it is reasoned that genes involved in homeodynamic repair pathways are the most likely candidate gerontogenes. A promising approach for the identification of critical gerontogenic processes is hormesis-like positive effects of stress. Stimulation of various repair pathways by mild stress has significant effects on delaying the onset of various age-associated alterations in cells, tissues and organisms.
Page(s): 1-5
ISSN: 0975-1009 (Online); 0019-5189 (Print)
Appears in Collections:IJEB Vol.38(01) [January 2000]

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