Ageing can be characterised by a general decline in cellular function, which affects whole-body homoeostasis with metabolic dysfunction—a common hallmark of ageing. The identification and characterisation of the genetic pathways involved are paramount to the understanding of how we age and the development of therapeutic strategies for combating age-related disease. Furthermore, in addition to understanding the ageing process itself, we must understand the interactions ageing has with genetic variation that results in disease phenotypes. The use of model systems such as the mouse, which has a relatively short lifespan, rapid reproduction (resulting in a large number of offspring), well-characterised biology, a fully sequenced genome, and the availability of tools for genetic manipulation is essential for such studies. Here we review the relationship between ageing and metabolism and highlight the need for modelling these processes.
Mammalian Genome – Springer Journals
Published: Aug 15, 2014
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