Protein found in Progeria May Also be Found in Normal Aging Process
by Maejoy Tutor in Diseases on Jun 17, 2011
Government researchers reported that mechanisms in Progeria, a rare genetic disease that causes children to age seven times more than the usual rate, might perhaps also participate in a normal aging process.
Dr. Francis Collins, the head of the study and also the National Institutes of Health director had suggested that aging may not just basically be about the slowing down of cells. He put that this may be considered as an “active biological mechanism.” This might also be connected to other related diseases concerning age.
Collins explained, “I think a lot of people in the past have assumed that the aging of cells and of individuals was just a matter of everything running down.” He further noted that the previously assumed beliefs were not correct when studied on a cellular level.
For quite a few years, researchers and scientists have been studying the major genetic processes that cause aging and understand those processes, hoping that they will later discover new medicinal approaches that could help delay or prevent diseases related with aging – heart disease, cancer and Alzheimer’s disease.
The study conducted by Collins’ team had showed findings that Progeria’s toxic protein may be similar with the protein participating in a normal aging of the cell.
Progeria, also known as Hutchinson-Gliford Progeria Syndrome, is considered a rare disease on children where they experience indications usually seen on older people such as wrinkled skin, hair loss, arthritis and clogged arteries.
According to Collins, the study recommended that we should not be passive about the slowing down of our cells. In fact, aging is a usual “active biological mechanism” that is already programmed in cells.
Moreover, Collins emphasized that there is more research to be conducted with regard to understanding such processes to discover new medicinal approaches to diseases related with age.