The aim of this study was to examine the possible associations between the KLOTHO G-395A gene polymorphism and hypertension in Chinese nonagenarians and centenarians. The G-395A (rs1207568) in the promoter region of the KLOTHO gene was genotyped using a standard TaqMan allelic discrimination assay. We included 710 participants aged 93.5 ± 3.2 years in the analyses. The expression of the A allele of the KLOTHO G-395A polymorphism was significantly downregulated in the hypertension group compared to the control group (0.137 vs 0.200, P
Inactivation of the klotho gene in mice causes serious systemic disorders, resembling human aging. However, at the molecular level, its action mechanisms are not well understood. The stimulatory or inhibitory effects of cis- and trans-regulatory factors on the klotho gene expression are also still unclear. We studied the effects of intra- and extracellular factors on human klotho gene expression.