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Figure 4 | Respiratory Research

Figure 4

From: Smoking accelerates aging of the small airway epithelium

Figure 4

Telomere length in the small airway epithelium of nonsmokers and smokers. DNA was isolated from the small airway epithelium of male healthy nonsmokers (n = 21) and male healthy smokers (n = 22) and telomere length [terminal restriction fragment (TRF)] quantified by Southern analysis. A. Data shown is represented as the average ± standard deviation of the TRF length (kb). The difference in mean TRF length between phenotypes was calculated by 2-tailed Students t test. B. Correlation of telomere length with age. Telomere length was quantified by Southern analysis and correlated with the age of each individual subject. Correlations between mean telomere length and age were performed using linear regression. Black circles represent healthy nonsmokers and grey circles represent healthy smokers. C. Correlation of telomere length with smoking history (pack-yr). Telomere length from healthy smokers was quantified by Southern analysis and correlated with the smoking history for each individual subject. Correlations between mean telomere length and smoking history were performed using linear regression.

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