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Mech Ageing Dev. 1994 Oct 20;76(2-3):215-24.

Effect of age and caloric restriction on DNA oxidative damage in different tissues of C57BL/6 mice.

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  • 1Department of Biological Sciences, Southern Methodist University, Dallas, TX 75275.


The objective of this study was to explore the role of molecular oxidative damage and caloric intake in the aging process. The concentration of 8-hydroxydeoxyguanosine (8-OHdG), a product of DNA oxidation, was compared in five different tissues of mice (skeletal muscle, brain, heart, liver and kidney) as a function of age and in response to dietary restriction. A comparison of 8- and 27-month-old mice indicated that the age-related increase in 8-OHdG concentration was greater in skeletal muscle, brain and heart, which are primarily composed of long-lived, post-mitotic cells, than in liver and kidney, which consist of slow-dividing cells. Dietary restricted (DR) mice kept on 60% caloric intake as compared to the ad libitum-fed (AL) mice showed a lower concentration in 8-OHdG content in all the tissues compared to AL mice. The DR-related amelioration of DNA oxidative damage was greater in the post-mitotic tissues compared to those undergoing slow mitoses. Results support the hypothesis that oxidative damage to long-lived post-mitotic cells may be a key factor in the aging process.

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