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Recent Publications in Peer-Reviewed Scientific Journals

Jacobs E.G., Epel ES, Lin J, Blackburn EH, Rasgon NL. (2014) Relationship between leukocyte telomere length, telomerase activity and hippocampal volume in early aging. JAMA Neurology (in press)


Zhao J, Zhu Y, Uppal K, Tran VT, Yu T, Lin J, Matsuguchi T, Blackburn E, Jones D, Lee ET, Howard BV. Metabolic profiles of biological aging in American Indians: The strong heart family study. Aging (Albany NY). 2014 Mar;6(3):176-86.


Zalli A, Carvalho LA, Lin J, Hamer M, Erusalimsky JD, Blackburn EH, Steptoe A. Shorter telomeres with high telomerase activity are associated with raised allostatic load and impoverished psychosocial resources. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2014 Mar 25;111(12):4519-24. doi: 10.1073/pnas.1322145111. Epub 2014 Mar 10. PMCID: PMC3970484


Rehkopf DH, Dow WH, Rosero-Bixby L, Lin J, Epel ES, Blackburn EH. Seasonal variation of peripheral blood leukocyte telomere length in Costa Rica: A population-based observational study. Am J Hum Biol. 2014 Feb 25. doi: 10.1002/ajhb.22529. [Epub ahead of print]


Chae DH, Nuru-Jeter AM, Adler NE, Brody GH, Lin J, Blackburn EH, Epel ES. Discrimination, racial bias, and telomere length in African-American men. Am J Prev Med. 2014 Feb;46(2):103-11. doi: 10.1016/j.amepre.2013.10.020.


Buss J, Havel PJ, Epel E, Lin J, Blackburn E, Daubenmier J. Associations of ghrelin with eating behaviors, stress, metabolic factors, and telomere length among overweight and obese women: Preliminary evidence of attenuated ghrelin effects in obesity? Appetite. 2014 Jan 22;76C:84-94. doi: 10.1016/j.appet.2014.01.011. [Epub ahead of print]


Chen B, Gilbert LA, Cimini BA, Schnitzbauer J, Zhang W, Li GW, Park J, Blackburn EH, Weissman JS, Qi LS, Huang B. Dynamic imaging of genomic loci in living human cells by an optimized CRISPR/Cas system. Cell. 2013 Dec 19;155(7):1479-91. doi:10.1016/j.cell.2013.12.001. PMCID: PMC3918502


Belin BJ, Cimini BA, Blackburn EH, Mullins RD. Visualization of actin filaments and monomers in somatic cell nuclei. Mol Biol Cell. 2013 Apr;24(7):982-94. doi: 10.1091/mbc.E12-09-0685. Epub 2013 Feb 27. PMCID: PMC3608506


Listerman I, Gazzaniga F, Blackburn EH. An investigation of the effects of the telomerase core protein TERT on Wnt signaling in human breast cancer cells. Mol Cell Biol. 2013 Nov 11. [Epub ahead of print].


Ornish D, Lin J, Chan JM, Epel E, Kemp C, Weidner G, Marlin R, Frenda SJ, Magbanua MJ, Daubenmier J, Estay I, Hills NK, Chainani-Wu N, Carroll PR, Blackburn EH. Effect of comprehensive lifestyle changes on telomerase activity and telomere length in men with biopsy-proven low-risk prostate cancer: 5-year follow-up of a descriptive pilot study. Lancet Oncol. 2013 Oct;14(11):1112-1120. doi: 10.1016/S1470-2045(13)70366-8. Epub 2013 Sep 17.


Zhu Y, Voruganti VS, Lin J, Matsuguchi T, Blackburn E, Best LG, Lee ET, Maccluer JW, Cole SA, Zhao J. QTL mapping of leukocyte telomere length in American Indians: The Strong Heart Family Study. Aging (Albany NY). 2013 Sep 11. PMCID: PMC3808702


Rehkopf DH, Dow WH, Rosero-Bixby L, Lin J, Epel ES, Blackburn EH. Exp Gerontol. Longer leukocyte telomere length in Costa Rica's Nicoya Peninsula: A population-based study. Exp Gerontol. 2013 Nov; 48(11):1266-1273. doi: 10.1016/j.exger.2013.08.005. Epub 2013 Aug 27.


Zhao J, Zhu Y, Lin J, Matsuguchi T, Blackburn E, Zhang Y, Cole SA, Best LG, Lee ET, Howard BV. Short Leukocyte Telomere Length Predicts Risk of Diabetes in American Indians: The Strong Heart Family Study. Diabetes. 2013 Aug 15. [Epub ahead of print]


Puterman E, Epel ES, Lin J, Blackburn EH, Gross JJ, Whooley MA, Cohen BE. Multisystem resiliency moderates the major depression-Telomere length association: Findings from the Heart and Soul Study. Brain Behav Immun. 2013 May 30. doi:pii: S0889-1591(13)00198-0. 10.1016/j.bbi.2013.05.008. [Epub ahead of print] PMCID: in progress


Listerman I, Sun J, Gazzaniga F, Lukas, JJ, Blackburn EH. The major reverse-transcriptase-incompetent splice variant of the human telomerase protein inhibits telomerase activity but protects from apoptosis. Cancer Research . 2013 May 1;73(9):2817-28. doi: 10.1158/0008-5472. CAN-12-3082. Epub 2013 Apr 22.



Needham BL, Adler N, Gregorich S, Rehkopf D, Lin J, Blackburn EH, Epel ES. Socioeconomic status, health behavior, and leukocyte telomere length in the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, 1999-2002. Soc Sci Med. 2013 May;85:1-8. doi: 10.1016/j.socscimed.2013.02.023. Epub 2013 Feb 21. PMCID: PMC3666871


Belin BJ, Cimini BA, Blackburn EH, Mullins RD. Visualization of actin filaments and monomers in somatic cell nuclei. Mol Biol Cell. 2013 Feb 27. [Epub ahead of print]. PMCID: PMC3608506


Jacobs EG, Kroenke C, Lin J, Epel ES, Kenna HA, et al. Accelerated Cell Aging in Female APOE-ε4 Carriers: Implications for Hormone Therapy Use. PLoS ONE. 8(2): e54713 doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0054713. Epub 13 Feb 2013. PMCID: PMC3572118


Dowd JB, Bosch JA, Steptoe A, Blackburn EH, Lin J, Rees-Clayton E, Aiello AE. Cytomegalovirus is associated with reduced telomerase activity in the Whitehall II cohort. Exp Gerontol. 2013 Apr;48(4):385-90. doi: 10.1016/j.exger.2013.01.016. Epub 2013 Feb 9. PMCID: PMC3626117


Entringer S, Epel ES, Lin J, Buss C, Shahbaba B, Blackburn EH, Simhan HN, Wadhwa PD. Maternal psychosocial stress during pregnancy is associated with newborn leukocyte telomere length. Am J Obstet Gynecol. 2013 Feb; 208(2):134.e1-7. doi: 10.1016/j.ajog.2012.11.033. Epub 2012 Nov 27. PMCID: PMC3612534