Encyclopedia of Gerontology and Population Aging

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Progeria: Humans

  • Walter ArancioEmail author
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-69892-2_724-1



Hutchinson-Gilford progeria syndrome (HGPS) is a human disease characterized by premature aging. The classical form of the syndrome is caused by a sporadic autosomal dominant mutation of LMNA gene that gives rise to the production of progerin, an aberrant form of the nuclear protein lamin A.


The name “progeria” derived from ancient Greek and means “prematurely old.” While there are different forms of accelerated aging and progeroid syndromes – e.g., the Werner syndrome (See “Werner Syndrome”), the Cockayne syndrome, and the xeroderma pigmentosum – the proper type of progeria – i.e., premature aging – is the Hutchinson-Gilford progeria syndrome (HGPS) (See “Hutchinson-Gilford Progeria Syndrome”). HGPS owes its name to the doctors who first described the syndrome: Dr. Jonathan Hutchinson (1886) and Dr. Hastings Gilford (1897). HGPS is an extremely rare condition. It affects approximately 1 in 20 million people. The...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Biological, Chemical and Pharmaceutical Sciences and Technologies (STEBICEF)University of PalermoPalermoItaly

Section editors and affiliations

  • Diddahally R. Govindaraju
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Human Evolutionary Biology, Museum of Comparative ZoologyHarvard UniversityCambridgeUSA
  2. 2.The Institute for Aging Research, The Glenn Center for the Biology of Human AgingAlbert Einstein College of MedicineBronxUSA