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Research Article

Telomere Length and Long-Term Endurance Exercise: Does Exercise Training Affect Biological Age? A Pilot Study

  • Ida Beate Ø. Østhus,

    Affiliation: K. G. Jebsen Center of Exercise in Medicine at Department of Circulation and Medical Imaging, Faculty of Medicine, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim, Norway

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  • Antonella Sgura,

    Affiliation: Department of Biology, University of Rome “Roma Tre”, Rome, Italy

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  • Francesco Berardinelli,

    Affiliation: Department of Biology, University of Rome “Roma Tre”, Rome, Italy

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  • Ingvild Vatten Alsnes,

    Affiliation: K. G. Jebsen Center of Exercise in Medicine at Department of Circulation and Medical Imaging, Faculty of Medicine, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim, Norway

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  • Eivind Brønstad,

    Affiliations: K. G. Jebsen Center of Exercise in Medicine at Department of Circulation and Medical Imaging, Faculty of Medicine, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim, Norway, Department of Public Health and General Practice, Faculty of Medicine, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim, Norway, Centre for Sports and Physical Activity Research, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim, Norway

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  • Tommy Rehn,

    Affiliations: K. G. Jebsen Center of Exercise in Medicine at Department of Circulation and Medical Imaging, Faculty of Medicine, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim, Norway, Centre for Sports and Physical Activity Research, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim, Norway

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  • Per Kristian Støbakk,

    Affiliation: K. G. Jebsen Center of Exercise in Medicine at Department of Circulation and Medical Imaging, Faculty of Medicine, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim, Norway

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  • Håvard Hatle,

    Affiliation: K. G. Jebsen Center of Exercise in Medicine at Department of Circulation and Medical Imaging, Faculty of Medicine, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim, Norway

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  • Ulrik Wisløff,

    Affiliation: K. G. Jebsen Center of Exercise in Medicine at Department of Circulation and Medical Imaging, Faculty of Medicine, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim, Norway

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  • Javaid Nauman mail

    javaid.nauman@ntnu.no

    Affiliation: K. G. Jebsen Center of Exercise in Medicine at Department of Circulation and Medical Imaging, Faculty of Medicine, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim, Norway

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  • Published: December 26, 2012
  • DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0052769

About the Authors

Ida Beate Ø. Østhus, Ingvild Vatten Alsnes, Eivind Brønstad, Tommy Rehn, Per Kristian Støbakk, Håvard Hatle, Ulrik Wisløff, Javaid Nauman
K. G. Jebsen Center of Exercise in Medicine at Department of Circulation and Medical Imaging, Faculty of Medicine, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim, Norway
Antonella Sgura, Francesco Berardinelli
Department of Biology, University of Rome “Roma Tre”, Rome, Italy
Eivind Brønstad
Department of Public Health and General Practice, Faculty of Medicine, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim, Norway
Eivind Brønstad, Tommy Rehn
Centre for Sports and Physical Activity Research, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim, Norway

Corresponding Author

Email: javaid.nauman@ntnu.no

Competing Interests

The authors have declared that no competing interests exist.

Author Contributions

Conceived and designed the experiments: IBØØ UW JN. Performed the experiments: IBØØ AS FB IVA EB TR PKS HH. Analyzed the data: IBØØ JN. Contributed reagents/materials/analysis tools: AS FB IVA EB TR PKS HH. Wrote the paper: IBØØ AS FB UW JN.