Evidence of Paternal Effects on Telomere Length Increases in Early Life

Bennett S, Girndt A, Sanchez-Tojar A, Burke T, Simons MJP, Schroeder J (2022)
Frontiers in Genetics 13: 880455.

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Bennett, Sophie; Girndt, AntjeUniBi; Sanchez-Tojar, AlfredoUniBi ; Burke, Terry; Simons, Mirre J. P.; Schroeder, Julia
Abstract / Bemerkung
Offspring of older parents in many species have decreased longevity, a faster ageing rate and lower fecundity than offspring born to younger parents. Biomarkers of ageing, such as telomeres, that tend to shorten as individuals age, may provide insight into the mechanisms of such parental age effects. Parental age may be associated with offspring telomere length either directly through inheritance of shortened telomeres or indirectly, for example, through changes in parental care in older parents affecting offspring telomere length. Across the literature there is considerable variation in estimates of the heritability of telomere length, and in the direction and extent of parental age effects on telomere length. To address this, we experimentally tested how parental age is associated with the early-life telomere dynamics of chicks at two time points in a captive population of house sparrows Passer domesticus. We experimentally separated parental age from sex effects, and removed effects of age-assortative mating, by allowing the parent birds to only mate with young, or old partners. The effect of parental age was dependent on the sex of the parent and the chicks, and was found in the father-daughter relationship only; older fathers produced daughters with longer telomere lengths post-fledging. Overall we found that chick telomere length increased between the age of 0.5 and 3 months at the population and individual level. This finding is unusual in birds with such increases more commonly associated with non-avian taxa. Our results suggest parental age effects on telomere length are sex-specific either through indirect or direct inheritance. The study of similar patterns in different species and taxa will help us further understand variation in telomere length and its evolution.
Erscheinungsjahr
2022
Zeitschriftentitel
Frontiers in Genetics
Band
13
Art.-Nr.
880455
eISSN
1664-8021
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https://pub.uni-bielefeld.de/record/2955058

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Bennett S, Girndt A, Sanchez-Tojar A, Burke T, Simons MJP, Schroeder J. Evidence of Paternal Effects on Telomere Length Increases in Early Life. Frontiers in Genetics. 2022;13: 880455.
Bennett, S., Girndt, A., Sanchez-Tojar, A., Burke, T., Simons, M. J. P., & Schroeder, J. (2022). Evidence of Paternal Effects on Telomere Length Increases in Early Life. Frontiers in Genetics, 13, 880455. https://doi.org/10.3389/fgene.2022.880455
Bennett, S., Girndt, A., Sanchez-Tojar, A., Burke, T., Simons, M. J. P., and Schroeder, J. (2022). Evidence of Paternal Effects on Telomere Length Increases in Early Life. Frontiers in Genetics 13:880455.
Bennett, S., et al., 2022. Evidence of Paternal Effects on Telomere Length Increases in Early Life. Frontiers in Genetics, 13: 880455.
S. Bennett, et al., “Evidence of Paternal Effects on Telomere Length Increases in Early Life”, Frontiers in Genetics, vol. 13, 2022, : 880455.
Bennett, S., Girndt, A., Sanchez-Tojar, A., Burke, T., Simons, M.J.P., Schroeder, J.: Evidence of Paternal Effects on Telomere Length Increases in Early Life. Frontiers in Genetics. 13, : 880455 (2022).
Bennett, Sophie, Girndt, Antje, Sanchez-Tojar, Alfredo, Burke, Terry, Simons, Mirre J. P., and Schroeder, Julia. “Evidence of Paternal Effects on Telomere Length Increases in Early Life”. Frontiers in Genetics 13 (2022): 880455.

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