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      Inflammaging and Oxidative Stress in Human Diseases: From Molecular Mechanisms to Novel Treatments


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          It has been proposed that a chronic state of inflammation correlated with aging known as inflammaging, is implicated in multiple disease states commonly observed in the elderly population. Inflammaging is associated with over-abundance of reactive oxygen species in the cell, which can lead to oxidation and damage of cellular components, increased inflammation, and activation of cell death pathways. This review focuses on inflammaging and its contribution to various age-related diseases such as cardiovascular disease, cancer, neurodegenerative diseases, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, diabetes, and rheumatoid arthritis. Recently published mechanistic details of the roles of reactive oxygen species in inflammaging and various diseases will also be discussed. Advancements in potential treatments to ameliorate inflammaging, oxidative stress, and consequently, reduce the morbidity of multiple disease states will be explored.

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                Int J Mol Sci
                Int J Mol Sci
                International Journal of Molecular Sciences
                10 September 2019
                September 2019
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                [1 ]College of Arts and Sciences, University of Maine Presque Isle Campus, Presque Isle, ME 04769, USA
                [2 ]Radiologic Sciences and Respiratory Therapy Division, School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, The Ohio State University College of Medicine, Columbus, OH 43210, USA
                [3 ]Interdisciplinary Biophysics Graduate Program, The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH 43210, USA
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                Licensee MDPI, Basel, Switzerland. This article is an open access article distributed under the terms and conditions of the Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY) license ( http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/).

                : 27 June 2019
                : 04 September 2019

                Molecular biology
                reactive oxygen species,cardiovascular disease,copd,cancer,neurodegenerative disease,diabetes,rheumatoid arthritis


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