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Cell Immunol. 1991 Jun;135(1):118-31.

Influence of aging on intracellular free calcium and proliferation of mouse T-cell subsets from various lymphoid organs.

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Department of Pathology, University of Washington, Seattle 98195.


The influence of aging on T-cell activation and proliferation was examined in lymphocytes derived from peripheral blood, spleen, and lymph nodes of WBB6F1 C57B1/6J x WB/Re) mice. Following activation with anti-CD3 monoclonal antibodies, the greatest age-related changes were seen in CD4+ cells derived from spleens of 27- to 30-month-old mice. These CD4+ lymphocytes showed reduced [Ca2+]i signaling and decreased proliferation in the presence of exogenous interleukin 2. CD8+ cells from spleens of old animals showed reduced [Ca2+]i but not altered proliferation. Both CD4+ and CD8+ cells derived from peripheral blood of old mice showed decreased peak [Ca2+]i, but no defect in cell proliferation. In contrast, age-related deficits in either [Ca2+]i or proliferation were not observed in CD4+ and CD8+ cells from lymph nodes. Additionally, the percentage of CD4+ cells was decreased in all lymphoid organs from old mice, while the percentage of CD8+ cells was similar in lymphoid organs of old and young mice. Old mice had a significant increase in expression of Pgp-1 in CD4+ cells from spleen and peripheral blood and CD8+ cells derived from lymph node. Our studies indicate that there are differential effects of aging in T lymphocytes derived from different lymphoid organs in mice. Among the cell sources and subsets examined, the age-related changes noted in CD4+ cells from mouse peripheral blood were the most similar to those previously observed in the corresponding peripheral blood lymphocyte subset in humans.

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