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Effects of chronic stress on telomere length maintenance system and immune function

Jergović, Mladen; Tomičević, Marko; Vidović, Anđelko; Bendelja, Krešo; Gotovac, Katja; Rabatić, Sabina; Aberle, Neda; Sabioncello, Ante
Effects of chronic stress on telomere length maintenance system and immune function // Book of Abstracts
Rabac, Hrvatska, 2011. str. 22-22 (predavanje, nije recenziran, sažetak, znanstveni)

Effects of chronic stress on telomere length maintenance system and immune function

Jergović, Mladen ; Tomičević, Marko ; Vidović, Anđelko ; Bendelja, Krešo ; Gotovac, Katja ; Rabatić, Sabina ; Aberle, Neda ; Sabioncello, Ante

Vrsta, podvrsta i kategorija rada
Sažeci sa skupova, sažetak, znanstveni

Book of Abstracts / - , 2011, 22-22

2011 Annual Meeting of the Croatian Immunological Society

Mjesto i datum
Rabac, Hrvatska, 07-09.10.2011

Vrsta sudjelovanja

Vrsta recenzije
Nije recenziran

Ključne riječi
Telomere lenght; telomerase; chronic stress; PTSD; PBMC

Telomeres are repeating hexameric sequences of DNA that are found at the ends of linear chromosomes in association with a complex of proteins ; their role is to maintain chromosome integrity and stability. Telomeric DNA is lost due to the incomplete terminal synthesis of thelagging DNA strand during cell division. The rate of telomere loss is retarded by the enzyme telomerase, a RNA-dependent DNA polymerase that synthesizes telomeric repeats and thus maintains telomeres during cell replication. The consequence of chronic stress on telomere length and telomerase activity of Peripheral Blood Mononuclear Cells (PBMCs) was recently reported. Lower basal level of telomerase activity, and shorter telomere length of PBMC were found in mothers of chronically ill children, and shorter telomere length of PBMC in chronically stressed individuals with mood disorders. Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is an anxiety disorder that can develop after exposure to a terrifying event in which severe physical harm occurred or was threatened. The aim of our study is to investigate the maintenance of telomere length in PBMCs in PTSD patients, or more specific, in subpopulations of lymphocytes in peripheral blood of the patients. Our preliminary data shows that PTSD patients (N=27) have shorter telomeres in PBMCs than their age matched controls (N=18). There was no statisticaly significant difference in telomerase activity between both groups. Further expansions of the study will include measurement of functional characteristics of PBMCs and their relation to telomere length. The study groups will be examined for limphocyte proliferation in response to stimulation PHA, T cell production of cytokines: IFN γ, IL-4 and IL-2 in response to PMA and ionomycin ; monocyte production of TNF alpha and IL-6 in response to stimulation with LPS.

Izvorni jezik

Znanstvena područja
Temeljne medicinske znanosti


Projekt / tema
021-0212432-2434 - Psihološki faktori u modulaciji imunoreaktivnosti (Ante Sabioncello, )

Imunološki zavod d.d.,
Opća bolnica "Dr. Josip Benčević"