Interaction Analysis of Longevity Interventions Using Survival Curves
AbstractA long-standing problem in ageing research is to understand how different factors contributing to longevity should be expected to act in combination under the assumption that they are independent. Standard interaction analysis compares the extension of mean lifespan achieved by a combination of interventions to the prediction under an additive or multiplicative null model, but neither model is fundamentally justified. Moreover, the target of longevity interventions is not mean life span but the entire survival curve. Here we formulate a mathematical approach for predicting the survival curve resulting from a combination of two independent interventions based on the survival curves of the individual treatments, and quantify interaction between interventions as the deviation from this prediction. We test the method on a published data set comprising survival curves for all combinations of four different longevity interventions in Caenorhabditis elegans. We find that interactions are generally weak even when the standard analysis indicates otherwise. View Full-Text
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Nowak, S.; Neidhart, J.; Szendro, I.G.; Rzezonka, J.; Marathe, R.; Krug, J. Interaction Analysis of Longevity Interventions Using Survival Curves. Biology 2018, 7, 6.
Nowak S, Neidhart J, Szendro IG, Rzezonka J, Marathe R, Krug J. Interaction Analysis of Longevity Interventions Using Survival Curves. Biology. 2018; 7(1):6.Chicago/Turabian Style
Nowak, Stefan; Neidhart, Johannes; Szendro, Ivan G.; Rzezonka, Jonas; Marathe, Rahul; Krug, Joachim. 2018. "Interaction Analysis of Longevity Interventions Using Survival Curves." Biology 7, no. 1: 6.