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Trends Microbiol. 1998 Apr;6(4):144-7.

Telomeres and HIV-1 infection: in search of exhaustion.

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Dept of Clinical Viro-Immunology, Central Laboratory of the Netherlands Red Cross Blood Transfusion Service, Amsterdam.


Telomere length analysis could be helpful in determining if exhaustion and replicative senescence are involved in HIV-1 pathogenesis. Evidence that CD8+ T cells have shorter telomeres may point towards an increased turnover of CD8+ T cells and exhaustion of the CD8+ T-cell responses in HIV-1 infection. In CD4+ T cells, the relationship between telomere length and turnover remains controversial; however, telomere length analysis argues against exhaustion of CD4+ T cells.

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