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Methods Mol Biol. 2007;371:45-72.

Telomere length analysis.

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  • 1Telomeres and Telomerase Group, Molecular Oncology Program, Spanish National Cancer Center, Madrid, Spain.

Abstract

Most somatic cells of long-lived species undergo telomere shortening throughout life. Critically short telomeres trigger loss of cell viability in tissues, which has been related to alteration of tissue function and loss of regenerative capabilities in aging and aging-related diseases. Hence, telomere length is an important biomarker for aging and can be used in the prognosis of aging diseases. These facts highlight the importance of developing methods for telomere length determination that can be employed to evaluate telomere length during the human aging process. Telomere length quantification methods have improved greatly in accuracy and sensitivity since the development of the conventional telomeric Southern blot. Here, we describe the different methodologies recently developed for telomere length quantification, as well as their potential applications for human aging studies.

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17634573
DOI:
10.1007/978-1-59745-361-5_5
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