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Increased inflammatory response in aged mice is associated with age-related zinc deficiency and zinc transporter dysregulation

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dc.creator Wong, Carmen P.
dc.creator Mangusson, Kathy R.
dc.creator Ho, Emily
dc.date.accessioned 2012-09-25T21:02:46Z
dc.date.available 2012-09-25T21:02:46Z
dc.date.issued 2012-09-13
dc.identifier.citation Wong CP, Magnusson KR, Ho E. J Nutr Biochem. 2012 Sep 13. pii: S0955-2863(12)00198-2. doi: 10.1016/j.jnutbio.2012.07.005. [Epub ahead of print] PMID:22981370[PubMed - as supplied by publisher en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1957/33872
dc.description This is the authors' peer-reviewed accepted manuscript. Version of record is copyrighted by Elsevier and can be found at: http://www.journals.elsevier.com/the-journal-of-nutritional-biochemistry/ en_US
dc.description.abstract Aging is a complex process associated with physiological changes in numerous organ systems. In particular, aging of the immune system is characterized by progressive dysregulation of immune responses, resulting in increased susceptibility to infectious diseases, impaired vaccination efficacy, as well as systemic low grade chronic inflammation. Increasing evidence suggest that intracellular zinc homeostasis, regulated by zinc transporter expression, is critically involved in the signaling and activation of immune cells. We hypothesize that epigenetic alterations and nutritional deficits associated with aging may lead to zinc transporter dysregulation, resulting in decreases in cellular zinc levels and enhanced inflammation with age. The goal of this study was to examine the contribution of age-related zinc deficiency and zinc transporter dysregulation on the inflammatory response in immune cells. The effects of zinc deficiency and age on the induction of inflammatory responses were determined using an in vitro cell culture system as well as an aged mouse model. We showed that zinc deficiency, particularly the reduction in intracellular zinc in immune cells, was associated with increased inflammation with age. Furthermore, reduced Zip 6 expression enhanced proinflammatory response, and age-specific Zip 6 dysregulation correlated with an increase in Zip 6 promoter methylation. Furthermore, restoring zinc status via dietary supplementation reduced aged-associated inflammation. Our data suggested that age-related epigenetic dysregulation in zinc transporter expression may influence cellular zinc levels and contribute to increased susceptibility to inflammation with age. en_US
dc.description.sponsorship Oregon Agricultural Experiment Station (OR00735), Environmental Health Science Center at Oregon State University (NIEHS P30 ES00210), Oregon State University General Research Fund, Linus Pauling Institute and National Institute on Aging, NIH (R01 AG016322) en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher Elsevier en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry en_US
dc.subject Aging en_US
dc.subject Epigenetics en_US
dc.subject Immunity en_US
dc.subject Inflammation en_US
dc.subject Zinc en_US
dc.title Increased inflammatory response in aged mice is associated with age-related zinc deficiency and zinc transporter dysregulation en_US
dc.type Article en_US
dc.description.peerreview yes en_US
dc.identifier.doi 10.1016/j.jnutbio.2012.07.005


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