Macrophage Polarization in Aging is Complicated and Poorly Understood

Macrophages are a type of innate immune cell, and like all immune cells are involved in a great many processes in the body, ranging from tissue regeneration to clearing out molecular waste and debris to destruction of pathogens. Macrophages, and the similar microglia of the central nervous system, adopt different phenotypes, known as polarizations, depending on environment and the task at hand. The M1 polarization is pro-inflammatory and focused on ingestion of pathogens and debris, while the M2 polarization is anti-inflammatory and focused on regeneration. These are broad buckets and as such not truly representative of the real complexity of types and behaviors in these cell populations, but they are helpful enough for researchers to consider therapies based on forcing macrophages to preferentially adopt one polarization over another. Earlier work on macrophage polarizations in aging suggested that issues arise with a growth in M1 populations and reduction in M2 populations, mirroring the rising chronic inflammation of aging. Matters are more complicated and tissue specific than that, however. To pick one illustrative example, today's open access commentary looks at what is known of polarization in the aging of muscle tissue, where the opposite trend is observed. The collective activities of cells, like cell metabolism itself, is a ferociously complicated domain and varies widely from tissue type to tissue type within the body. How these aspects of our biology change ...
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In conclusion, the concept of an epigenetic clock is compelling, but caution should be taken in interpreting associations with age acceleration. Association tests of age acceleration should include age as a covariate. A Discussion of Recent Work on Allotopic Expression of Mitochondrial Genes at the SENS Research Foundation https://www.fightaging.org/archives/2020/02/a-discussion-of-recent-work-on-allotopic-expression-of-mitochondrial-genes-at-the-sens-research-foundation/ A paper published last month outlines recent progress on allotopic expression of mitochondrial genes carried out by the SENS Research ...
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In conclusion, this study suggests that epigenetic age acceleration is significantly associated with lung function in women older than 50 years. We hypothesised that this could be due to menopause. However, we have observed that menopause has minimal effect and therefore there is possibility of other unknown physiological factors at older age in females mediating the epigenetic age acceleration effect on lung function. While, it is still unknown what exactly epigenetic aging from DNA methylation measures, this study suggests it can be utilised as one of the important factors to assess women's lung health in old age. DNA me...
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Fight Aging! publishes news and commentary relevant to the goal of ending all age-related disease, to be achieved by bringing the mechanisms of aging under the control of modern medicine. This weekly newsletter is sent to thousands of interested subscribers. To subscribe or unsubscribe from the newsletter, please visit: https://www.fightaging.org/newsletter/ Longevity Industry Consulting Services Reason, the founder of Fight Aging! and Repair Biotechnologies, offers strategic consulting services to investors, entrepreneurs, and others interested in the longevity industry and its complexities. To find out m...
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In this study, we investigated the link between AF and senescence markers through the assessment of protein expression in the tissue lysates of human appendages from patients in AF, including paroxysmal (PAF) or permanent AF (PmAF), and in sinus rhythm (SR). The major findings of the study indicated that the progression of AF is strongly related to the human atrial senescence burden as determined by p53 and p16 expression. The stepwise increase of senescence (p53, p16), prothrombotic (TF), and proremodeling (MMP-9) markers observed in the right atrial appendages of patients in SR, PAF, and PmAF points toward multiple inter...
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Conclusion A great deal of progress is being made in the matter of treating aging: in advocacy, in funding, in the research and development. It can never be enough, and it can never be fast enough, given the enormous cost in suffering and lost lives. The longevity industry is really only just getting started in the grand scheme of things: it looks vast to those of us who followed the slow, halting progress in aging research that was the state of things a decade or two ago. But it is still tiny compared to the rest of the medical industry, and it remains the case that there is a great deal of work yet to be done at all...
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Authors: Hernigou P, Gerber D, Auregan JC Abstract BACKGROUND: The knee is the second-most common location for osteonecrosis, although it is affected much less often than the hip. Core decompression by precise drilling into ischemic lesions of the femoral condyle while remaining extra-articular is a challenge, particularly in obese patients. For cell therapy, exact localization of the injection point is important to avoid intra-articular injection. METHODS: The precision of drilling with computer-based navigation was compared to that of conventional fluoroscopy-based drilling. A prospective, randomized study wa...
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