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Relative Telomere Length Is Associated With Age-Related Macular Degeneration in Women

Koller, Adriana ; Brandl, Caroline ; Lamina, Claudia ; Zimmermann, Martina E. ; Summerer, Monika ; Stark, Klaus J. ; Würzner, Reinhard ; Heid, Iris M. ; Kronenberg, Florian


PURPOSE. Relative telomere length (RTL) is a biomarker for physiological aging. Premature shortening of telomeres is associated with oxidative stress, which is one possible pathway that might contribute to age-related macular degeneration (AMD). We therefore aimed to investigate the association between RTL and AMD in a well-characterized group of elderly individuals.METHODS. We measured RTL in ...


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