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, 390 (6655), 45-51

Mutation of the Mouse Klotho Gene Leads to a Syndrome Resembling Ageing

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Mutation of the Mouse Klotho Gene Leads to a Syndrome Resembling Ageing

M Kuro-o et al. Nature.

Abstract

A new gene, termed klotho, has been identified that is involved in the suppression of several ageing phenotypes. A defect in klotho gene expression in the mouse results in a syndrome that resembles human ageing, including a short lifespan, infertility, arteriosclerosis, skin atrophy, osteoporosis and emphysema. The gene encodes a membrane protein that shares sequence similarity with the beta-glucosidase enzymes. The klotho gene product may function as part of a signalling pathway that regulates ageing in vivo and morbidity in age-related diseases.

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