When 8-year olds look like 80: Researchers describe mechanism behind premature aging disease

7 octubre 2015

Progeria is a premature aging disease. Children suffering from progeria die at an average age of 14 to 15 years, often from heart attacks and strokes. So far, there is no cure for the disease, and though researchers identified the abnormal protein behind the disease – progerin – the exact way in which it causes the accelerated aging remains elusive. In their latest publication, researchers describe a yet unknown mechanism behind progeria that may provide new approaches for therapy.