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Sci. Aging Knowl. Environ., 5 April 2006
Vol. 2006, Issue 7, p. nf9
[DOI: 10.1126/sageke.2006.7.nf9]


Environmental Movement

Researchers are discovering how the molecules in cells' surroundings contribute to aging--and how tweaking them might rejuvenate tissues

Mitch Leslie

Abstract: "Out of cell, out of mind" once described researchers' attitude toward the extracellular matrix, the molecular mesh that supports cells. But researchers have learned that cells and the matrix interact. Age alters the extracellular matrix, slowing wound healing, hardening the heart, and preventing brain renewal in Parkinson's disease. By reversing these changes, researchers might be able to fend off some of old age's worst afflictions.

Citation: M. Leslie, Environmental Movement. Sci. Aging Knowl. Environ. 2006 (7), nf9 (2006).

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