Sex and age specificity of susceptibility genes modulating survival at old age

Giuseppe Passarino, Alberto Montesanto, Serena Dato, Sabrina Giordano, Filippo Domma, Vincenzo Mari, Emidio Feraco, Giovanna De Benedictis

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Objective: We aimed to investigate the influence of the genetic variability of candidate genes on survival at old age in good health. Methods: First, on the basis of a synthetic survival curve constructed using historic mortality data taken from the Italian population from 1890 onward, we defined three age classes ranging from 18 to 106 years. Second, we assembled a multinomial logistic regression model to evaluate the effect of dichotomous variables (genotypes) on the probability to be assigned to a specific category (age class). Third, we applied the regression model to a cross-sectional dataset (10 genes; 972 subjects selected for healthy status) categorized according to age and sex. Results: We found that genetic factors influence survival at advanced age in good health in a sex- and age-specific way. Furthermore, we found that genetic variability plays a stronger role in males than in females and that, in both genders, its impact is especially important at very old ages. Conclusions: The analyses presented here underline the age-specific effect of the gene network in modulating survival at advanced age in good health.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)213-220
Number of pages8
JournalHuman Heredity
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2006


  • Logistic regression
  • Longevity
  • Multilocus analysis
  • Survival phenotype

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Genetics(clinical)


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