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Mech Ageing Dev. 1998 Jul 15;103(3):285-99.

Age-associated modulation of apoptosis and activation in murine B lymphocytes.

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CNRS-ERS 571, Institut de Biochimie, Université Paris-Sud, Orsay, France.


We have investigated the influence of age on B-cell responsiveness. The present study showed that the B-cell mitogen, lipopolysaccharide (LPS), similarly stimulated the proliferation of purified B lymphocytes obtained from either young mice (3 months) or old mice (24 months). In contrast, expression of the differentiation marker, alkaline phosphatase (ALP), was about fourfold higher in young mice than in older mice upon stimulation with LPS or with dextran sulfate (DXS) and interleukin-5 (IL-5). The occurrence of apoptosis during aging was then studied: unexpectedly, spontaneous cell death was double in B lymphocytes from young mice compared to older animals. Stimulation with DXS with or without IL-5 rescued B lymphocytes from cell death in young mice but protection decreased with aging, and no longer occurred in 24-month-old mice B cells. Meanwhile, the protective activity conferred by IL-4 was maintained at similar levels throughout aging. However, B cells from old mice were more responsive to apoptosis induction with cycloheximide, dibutyryl cAMP and dexamethasone. Together, the present results indicate an age-associated alteration in apoptosis and activation of B lymphocytes which could contribute to the age-related decline of the immune response.

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