Age-Associated Molecular Patterns in the Elderly are Tissue-Specific

RNA landscape has dynamically changed with age and substantial changes are associated with aging. Age-associated trends of RNA expression profiles could provide an objective description of the physiological aging process and molecular signatures of aging could be extracted. Unraveling patterns of age-associated changes could help to understand the process of aging. A new statistical method has been developed to extract age-associated patterns from RNA expression profiles of cross-sectional studies. With this method technical differences between studies can be overcome, thus tolerating an age-associated comparison between tissues and different biological groups. The age-associated molecular patterns were found to be different between tissues and tissues may age at different rates. Some tissues may be more resistant to age-associated changes compared with other tissues. In some tissues, like the blood and kidney cortex, major molecular changes are restrained around the mid-seventies, whereas in other tissues, like skeletal muscles and brain cortex, major changes occur first at midlife and secondary during the mid-seventies of age. Incorporating this data into a health care program could be beneficial to improving healthy aging and decisions for clinical acts in the elderly

Author(s): Vered Raz

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