Journal article

Influence of cortisol awakening response on telomere length: Trends for males and females

Natalie Thomas, Abdul-Rahman Hudaib, Marco Romano-Silva, Kiymet Bozaoglu, Elizabeth HX Thomas, Susan Rossell, Jayashri Kulkarni, Caroline Gurvich

EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF NEUROSCIENCE | WILEY | Published : 2021

Abstract

Although telomere attrition is associated with the process of normal ageing, shorter telomere length (TL) has been associated with acute and chronic stressors. A neurobiological factor hypothesised to be responsible for this accelerated attrition is the dysregulation of the cortisol stress response, which can induce DNA damage affecting DNA telomeric caps. Marked sex differences are reported in both the cortisol stress response and telomere dynamics, yet no explicit investigation of sex specificity on the relationship between cortisol and TL exists. This study used mathematical equation modelling to describe the relationship between diurnal cortisol levels and telomere length within the cont..

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