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CellAge fundraiser support

Posted by caliban , in News 28 January 2017 · 2,951 views

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CellAge fundraiser support

UPDATE Feb.9th 2017: success!



LongeCity.Org has decided to support the current CellAge Fundraiser initiative beyond its standard support for certified ‘star-rated’ community fundraiser through an extension of its affiliate lab programme. To this end we have identified a specific small ‘sub goal’ within the first work project of the CellAge programme to get behind:

The LongeCity-supported sub-goal:
The first 'work project' of the CellAge fundraiser is to design candidate synthetic promoters which would be able to accurately detect senescent cells.  One of the very first scientific steps is to analyse transcription profiles of senescent cells. The team plans to cover different senescence states, in cells from different tissues and at different stage of senescence.
The LongeCity target fund is raised in support of achieving one variant of this initial sub-goal: to ascertain the unique RNA profile of induced senescence in human fibroblasts.

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Why RNA profile? – this will not only allow the group to design their promoters, for the rest of the project but could also be useful to other groups working on aging research looking for a unique ‘aging signature’. This research will be publicly disseminated under the CellSense theme and potentially benefit other researchers across the globe.

Why human fibroblasts? – Fibroblast are cells that have an important role in connective tissue formation, including the formation of extracellular matrix and collagen, they play an important role in wound healing. For better or worse this cells are ubiquitous in aging research and can be obtained relatively easily as fresh biopsy samples and from cell lines. Using these cells will mean that the results are more likely to be relevant.

Why induced senescence? There is ‘replicative’ senescence where cells are grown until they stop dividing. This takes a while and may not be that important to why humans die of aging. Induced senescence comes in two forms: deliberate switching off of certain genes and triggering senescence in a roundabout way by causing specific damage to the cell. These measures may be quite a better simulation as to how damage leads to aging in humans.

By clearly defining the boundaries of this sub-goal we can be assured that contributions made towards it are directly impactful. In fact, even if the whole project should need some more time to develop, just this sub-goal alone might be a valuable contribution to anti-aging research. At the same time all the data generated in the sub-goal is directly integral to the larger whole of the project.

LongeCity has committed to match $3000 worth of donations specifically in support of this sub-goal. Priority will be given to donations made through the LongeCity site ⇒ HERE, prior to February 18th.


(NOTE (UPDATED!): when donating to this sub-goal via LongeCity, your details (name & email) will be shared with lifespan.io, so you can be eligible for the lifespan.io rewards. If you do not wish for your details to be shared in this manner and opt out of the lifespan.io rewards please indicate this in the note with your donation or ⇒ contact us, with full details and reference to your donation.)

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LifespanKeith
Jan 28 2017 11:50 PM

Excellent news! We're very happy to see communities in support of aging research coming together like this to keep moving the needle.

This is indeed superb stuff and I'm so glad to see it being pushed. :)

Fantastic news!

Bravo everyone and thank you for supporting Lifespan.io and CellAge :D


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