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Gender and telomere length: Systematic review and meta-analysis

Authors
  • Gardner, Michael
  • Bann, David
  • Wiley, Laura
  • Cooper, Rachel
  • Hardy, Rebecca
  • Nitsch, Dorothea
  • Martin-Ruiz, Carmen
  • Shiels, Paul
  • Sayer, Avan Aihie
  • Barbieri, Michelangela
  • Bekaert, Sofie
  • Bischoff, Claus
  • Brooks-Wilson, Angela
  • Chen, Wei
  • Cooper, Cyrus
  • Christensen, Kaare
  • De Meyer, Tim
  • Deary, Ian
  • Der, Geoff
  • Roux, Ana Diez
  • And 34 more
  • 1 School of Social and Community Medicine
  • 2 University of Bristol
  • 3 MRC University Unit for Lifelong Health and Ageing
  • 4 University College London
  • 5 Institute for Ageing and Health
  • 6 Newcastle University
  • 7 Faculty of Epidemiology and Population Health
  • 8 London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
  • 9 Institute of Cancer Sciences
  • 10 University of Glasgow
  • 11 Medical Research Council Lifecourse Epidemiology Unit
  • 12 University of Southampton
  • 13 Department of Geriatric and Metabolic Diseases
  • 14 Second University of Naples
  • 15 Clinical Research Center
  • 16 Ghent University
  • 17 Danish Aging Research Center
  • 18 University of Southern Denmark
  • 19 Genome Sciences Centre
  • 20 BC Cancer Agency
  • 21 Tulane Center for Cardiovascular Health
  • 22 Tulane University Health Sciences
  • 23 Centre for Cognitive Ageing and Cognitive Epidemiology
  • 24 University of Edinburgh
  • 25 Medical Research Council/Chief Scientist Office Social and Public Health Sciences Unit
  • 26 Department of Epidemiology
  • 27 Center for Integrative Approaches to Health Disparities
  • 28 University of Michigan
  • 29 University of Washington
  • 30 Cardiovascular Genetics Division
  • 31 University of Utah School of Medicine
  • 32 Department of Biochemistry and Cell Biology
  • 33 School of Medicine
  • 34 Kyungpook National University Daegu
  • 35 Department of Epidemiology and Population Health
  • 36 Albert Einstein College of Medicine
  • 37 The Center of Human Development and Aging
  • 38 University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey
  • 39 Division of Hematology
  • 40 Department of Medicine
  • 41 University of British Columbia
  • 42 Department of Anatomy
  • 43 Liaoning Medical University
  • 44 Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology
  • 45 Kyushu University
  • 46 Twin Research and Genetic Epidemiology Unit
  • 47 King's College London
  • 48 Division of Hypertension and Cardiovascular Rehabilitation
  • 49 Department of Cardiovascular Sciences
  • 50 University of Leuven
  • 51 Department of Clinical Sciences Medicine
  • 52 University Hospital
  • 53 Department of Medical Biosciences
  • 54 Umeå University
  • 55 Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
  • 56 Faculty of Medicine
  • 57 University of Calgary
  • 58 Department of Chemical Pathology
  • 59 The Chinese University of Hong Kong
  • 60 Department of Cardiology
  • 61 University Medical Center Groningen
  • 62 Department of Medicine and Therapeutics
  • 63 Eugene McDermott Center for Human Growth and Development
  • 64 University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center
  • 65 National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute
Type
Published Article
Journal
Experimental Gerontology
Publication Date
Jan 01, 2013
Accepted Date
Dec 13, 2013
Volume
51
Pages
15–27
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0045166
Source
Elsevier
Keywords
License
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Abstract

•Systematic review examining the association between gender and telomere length•Calculated summary estimates using random-effects meta-analyses.•Heterogeneity between studies was investigated using meta-regression.•On average females had longer telomeres than males.•Only Southern blot showed a significant gender difference in telomere length.

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