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The diversity of aging models

The diversity of aging models

Medecine Sciences 28(3): 297-304

Most of the signalling pathways involved in aging regulation have been recently found well conserved at various levels throughout the evolution. Taking this into account, a diversity of model organisms, including worms, rodents, and lemurs as well, allows to address different questions: how to understand the interactions between genetic and environmental factors while challenging theories of aging, to preserve hearing integrity, to fight against senescence of neural stem cells, or to explore brain fitness from gene expression to cognitive and social behavior? Here are the main issues that can be considered, stressing the complementarities of the models. The differentiation of aging physiological aspects from those induced by age-related pathologies will also be specified. By emphasizing recent ability of technologies to promote new aging insights, we discuss towards a better understanding of mechanisms governing aging.

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DOI: 10.1051/medsci/2012283018

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