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Wennstedt, Sigrid
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Degerman, S., Josefsson, M., Nordin Adolfsson, A., Wennstedt, S., Landfors, M., Haider, Z., . . . Adolfsson, R. (2017). Maintained memory in aging is associated with young epigenetic age. Neurobiology of Aging, 55, 167-171
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2017 (English)In: Neurobiology of Aging, ISSN 0197-4580, E-ISSN 1558-1497, Vol. 55, p. 167-171Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Epigenetic alterations during aging have been proposed to contribute to decline in physical and cognitive functions, and accelerated epigenetic aging has been associated with disease and all-cause mortality later in life. In this study, we estimated epigenetic age dynamics in groups with different memory trajectories (maintained high performance, average decline, and accelerated decline) over a 15-year period. Epigenetic (DNA-methylation [DNAm]) age was assessed, and delta age (DNAm age - chronological age) was calculated in blood samples at baseline (age: 55-65 years) and 15 years later in 52 age- and gender-matched individuals from the Betula study in Sweden. A lower delta DNAm age was observed for those with maintained memory functions compared with those with average (p = 0.035) or accelerated decline (p = 0.037). Moreover, separate analyses revealed that DNAm age at follow-up, but not chronologic age, was a significant predictor of dementia (p = 0.019). Our findings suggest that young epigenetic age contributes to maintained memory in aging.

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Elsevier, 2017
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Other Basic Medicine
urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-132221 (URN)10.1016/j.neurobiolaging.2017.02.009 (DOI)000405068100018 ()28292535 (PubMedID)
Available from: 2017-03-07 Created: 2017-03-07 Last updated: 2019-05-10Bibliographically approved

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