Journal of Molecular Medicine

, Volume 80, Issue 11, pp 689–695

Telomeres, sex, reactive oxygen species, and human cardiovascular aging

  • Abraham Aviv


By undergoing erosion with each replicative cycle, telomeres chronicle the replicative history of human somatic cells in vitro and in vivo. In human beings the telomere is relatively short, inversely correlated with age, highly heritable, and longer in women than men. However, it is not established whether the dynamics of telomere attrition in vivo has a role in the biology of human aging. Telomere attrition may be modified by reactive oxygen species, the biology of which is governed by processes that are influenced by sex. Indices of cardiovascular aging in humans are correlated with telomere length and this relationship is characterized by sexual dimorphism. In the final analysis, the biology of reactive oxygen species may offer a common explanation for some interindividual variation in cardiovascular aging and age-dependent telomere attrition in humans.

Senescence Sex Reactive oxygen species Telomeres Cardiovascular diseases 


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© Springer-Verlag 2002

Authors and Affiliations

  • Abraham Aviv
    • 1
  1. 1.Hypertension Research Center, University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, New Jersey Medical School, 185 South Orange Avenue, Newark, NJ 07103, USA

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