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Mech Ageing Dev. 2008 Jan-Feb;129(1-2):60-6. doi: 10.1016/j.mad.2007.11.005. Epub 2007 Dec 8.

Telomere and adaptive immunity.

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Laboratory of Immunology, National Institute on Aging, National Institutes of Health, 5600 Nathan Shock Drive, Baltimore, MD 21224, United States. Wengn@mail.nih.gov

Abstract

The adaptive immune response relies on the ability of lymphocytes to undergo periodic massive expansion. It is an enigma how lymphocytes are able to undergo this seemingly unlimited number of cell divisions. Telomeres and telomerase play a critical role in regulation of the replicative lifespan of cells, providing a potential mechanism which lymphocytes may employ. Here I will review the recent progress of the role of telomeres and telomerase in lymphocyte differentiation, function, and aging.

PMID:
18199471
PMCID:
PMC2276146
DOI:
10.1016/j.mad.2007.11.005
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