DNA repair-deficiency disorder

DNA repair-deficiency disorder
DNA repair-deficiency disorder
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MeSH D049914

A DNA repair-deficiency disorder is a medical condition due to reduced functionality of DNA repair.

DNA repair defects are seen in nearly all of the diseases described as accelerated aging disease, in which various tissues, organs or systems of the human body age prematurely. Because the accelerated aging diseases display different aspects of aging, but never every aspect, they are often called segmental progerias by biogerontologists.



Some of the examples include:

DNA repair defects distinguished from "accelerated aging"

Most of the DNA repair deficiency diseases show varying degrees of "accelerated aging" or cancer (usually some of both).[7] But elimination of any gene essential for base excision repair kills the embryo—it is too lethal to display symptoms (much less symptoms of cancer or "accelerated aging")[8]. Rothmund-Thomson syndrome and xeroderma pigmentosum display symptoms dominated by vulnerability to cancer, whereas progeria and Werner syndrome show the most features of "accelerated aging". Hereditary nonpolyposis colorectal cancer (HNPCC) is very often caused by a defective MSH2 gene leading to defective mismatch repair, but displays no symptoms of "accelerated aging"[9]. Some DNA repair defects manifest as neurodegeneration rather than as cancer or "accelerated aging"[10].

Debate concerning "accelerated aging"

Some biogerontologists question that such a thing as "accelerated aging" actually exists, at least partly on the grounds that all of the so-called accelerated aging diseases are segmental progerias. Many disease conditions such as diabetes, high blood pressure, etc. are associated with increased mortality. Without reliable biomarkers of aging it is hard to support the claim that a disease condition represents more than accelerated mortality[11].

Against this position other biogerontologists argue that premature aging phenotypes are identifiable symptoms associated with mechanisms of molecular damage.[7] The fact that these phenotypes are widely recognized justifies classification of the relevant diseases as "accelerated aging"[12]. Such conditions, it is argued, are readily distinguishable from genetic diseases associated with increased mortality, but not associated with an aging phenotype, such as cystic fibrosis and sickle cell anemia. It is further argued that segmental aging phenotype is a natural part of aging insofar as genetic variation leads to some people being more disposed than others to aging-associated diseases such as cancer and Alzheimer's disease[13].

See also


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  2. ^ Manju K, Muralikrishna B, Parnaik VK (July 2006). "Expression of disease-causing lamin A mutants impairs the formation of DNA repair foci". J. Cell. Sci. 119 (Pt 13): 2704–14. doi:10.1242/jcs.03009. PMID 16772334. http://jcs.biologists.org/cgi/content/full/119/13/2704. 
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  6. ^ Kleijer WJ, Laugel V, Berneburg M, et al. (May 2008). "Incidence of DNA repair deficiency disorders in western Europe: Xeroderma pigmentosum, Cockayne syndrome and trichothiodystrophy". DNA Repair (Amst.) 7 (5): 744–50. doi:10.1016/j.dnarep.2008.01.014. PMID 18329345. http://linkinghub.elsevier.com/retrieve/pii/S1568-7864(08)00042-6. 
  7. ^ a b Best,BP (2009). "Nuclear DNA damage as a direct cause of aging". Rejuvenation Research 12 (3): 199–208. doi:10.1089/rej.2009.0847. PMID 19594328. http://www.benbest.com/lifeext/Nuclear_DNA_in_Aging.pdf. 
  8. ^ Hasty P, Campisi J, Hoeijmakers J, van Steeg H, Vijg J (February 2003). "Aging and genome maintenance: lessons from the mouse?". Science 299 (5611): 1355–9. doi:10.1126/science.1079161. PMID 12610296. 
  9. ^ Mazurek A, Berardini M, Fishel R (March 2002). "Activation of human MutS homologs by 8-oxo-guanine DNA damage". J. Biol. Chem. 277 (10): 8260–6. doi:10.1074/jbc.M111269200. PMID 11756455. http://www.jbc.org/cgi/content/full/277/10/8260. 
  10. ^ Rass U, Ahel I, West SC (September 2007). "Defective DNA repair and neurodegenerative disease". Cell 130 (6): 991–1004. doi:10.1016/j.cell.2007.08.043. PMID 17889645. 
  11. ^ Miller RA (April 2004). "'Accelerated aging': a primrose path to insight?". Aging Cell 3 (2): 47–51. doi:10.1111/j.1474-9728.2004.00081.x. PMID 15038817. 
  12. ^ Hasty P, Vijg J (April 2004). "Accelerating aging by mouse reverse genetics: a rational approach to understanding longevity". Aging Cell 3 (2): 55–65. doi:10.1111/j.1474-9728.2004.00082.x. PMID 15038819. 
  13. ^ Hasty P, Vijg J (April 2004). "Rebuttal to Miller: 'Accelerated aging': a primrose path to insight?'". Aging Cell 3 (2): 67–9. doi:10.1111/j.1474-9728.2004.00087.x. PMID 15038820. 

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