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J Gerontol A Biol Sci Med Sci. 2005 Oct;60(10):1315-8.

Chronic resistance exercise training improves natural killer cell activity in older women.

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Department of Health and Human Performance, University of Houston, Texas 77204-6015, USA. bmcfarlin@uh.edu

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Regular exercise has been reported to slow the age-associated declines in natural killer cell activity (NKCA). To evaluate this response, we recruited older, postmenopausal women (65-85 years old) to fill one of two groups: training (10 weeks of resistance exercise; TR) or control.

METHODS:

Blood samples were collected from an arm vein in the TR group at rest (PRE), immediately following (POST), and 2 hours (2H) following an acute bout of resistance exercise both before (BEFORE) and after (AFTER) training. Leukocytes and NKCA were determined by flow cytometry and a whole blood (51)Cr release assay, respectively.

RESULTS:

Acute exercise increased total leukocyte (p < .05), CD8 (p < .05), CD4 (p < .05), and CD56 counts (p < .05), but there was no effect of training. NKCA was greater TR-AFTER-PRE (136%), -POST (80%), and -2H (127%) compared to similar values from TR-BEFORE (p < .05).

CONCLUSION:

Increased resting NKCA after chronic resistance training suggests that immunity has been improved.

PMID:
16282566
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