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Causes and Consequences of Age-Related Changes in DNA Methylation: A Role for ROS?
AbstractRecent genome-wide analysis of C-phosphate-G (CpG) sites has shown that the DNA methylome changes with increasing age, giving rise to genome-wide hypomethylation with site‑specific incidences of hypermethylation. This notion has received a lot of attention, as it potentially explains why aged organisms generally have a higher risk of age-related diseases. However, very little is known about the mechanisms that could cause the occurrence of these changes. Moreover, there does not appear to be a clear link between popular theories of aging and alterations in the methylome. Some of the most fruitful of these theories attribute an important role to reactive oxygen species, which seem to be responsible for an increase in oxidative damage to macromolecules, such as DNA, during the lifetime of an organism. In this review, the connection between changes in DNA methylation and these reactive oxygen species is discussed, as well as the effect of these changes on health. Deeper insights into the nature, causes and consequences of the aging methylome might provide a deeper understanding of the molecular mechanisms of aging and eventually contribute to the development of new diagnostic and therapeutic tools.
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Rang, F.J.; Boonstra, J. Causes and Consequences of Age-Related Changes in DNA Methylation: A Role for ROS? Biology 2014, 3, 403-425.View more citation formats
Rang FJ, Boonstra J. Causes and Consequences of Age-Related Changes in DNA Methylation: A Role for ROS? Biology. 2014; 3(2):403-425.Chicago/Turabian Style
Rang, Franka J.; Boonstra, Johannes. 2014. "Causes and Consequences of Age-Related Changes in DNA Methylation: A Role for ROS?" Biology 3, no. 2: 403-425.Find Other Styles