Reversing T cell immunosenescence: Why, who, and how

Pierre Olivier Lang, Sheila Govind, Richard Aspinall

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Immunosenescence is the term commonly used to describe the multifaceted phenomenon encompassing all changes occurring in the immune system during aging. It contributes to render older adults more prone to develop infectious disease and main age-related diseases. While age clearly imposes drastic changes in immune physiology, older adults have heterogeneous health and immune phenotypes. This confronts scientists and researcher to develop more age-specific interventions rather than simply adopting intervention regimes used in younger people and this in order to maintain immune protection in older adults. Thus, this review provides evidences of the central role played by cell-mediated immunity in the immunosenescence process and explores the means by which senescent state of the cell-mediated immune function could be identified and predicted using biomarkers. Furthermore considerations are given to recent advances made in the field of age-specific immune interventions that could contribute to maintain immune protection, to improve quality of life, and/or to promote healthy aging of the growing part of the population.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)609-620
Number of pages12
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2013
Externally publishedYes


  • Cell-mediated immunity
  • Healthy aging
  • Immunosenescence
  • Thymus TREC
  • TREC ratio

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ageing
  • Geriatrics and Gerontology


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