Mechanism of the age-related decline in lymphocyte proliferation: Role of IL-2 production and protein synthesis

H. Tak Cheung, Jr Swin Twu, A. Richardson

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Abstract

Although an age-related decline in mitogen-induced proliferation in spleen lymphocytes has been reported by numerous investigators, the molecular mechanism responsible is unknown. In this study, we compared the mitogen-induced proliferation, IL-2 production, and protein synthesis in spleen lymphocytes isolated from 4, 12, 20 and 30 month-old male Fischer F344 rats. IL-2 production by Con A-stimulated lymphocytes, as determined by the ability of the culture supernatants to support the growth of cultured T cells, declined over 72% between 4 and 30 months of age. This decline in IL-2 production paralleled a similar decrease in proliferation. Early protein synthesis by Con A-stimulated spleen lymphocytes was determined by measuring the incorporation of [3H]-valine into acid insoluble material, and this dropped 74% between 4 and 30 months of age. There was a strong correlation between the age-related decline in the three parameters tested. Based on these results, we propose that the age-related decline in protein synthesis may be the molecular basis for the similar decrease in IL-2 production and mitogenesis.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)451-460
Number of pages10
JournalExperimental Gerontology
Volume18
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - 1983
Externally publishedYes

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Interleukin-2
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Valine
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T-Lymphocytes
Acids
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Mechanism of the age-related decline in lymphocyte proliferation : Role of IL-2 production and protein synthesis. / Tak Cheung, H.; Twu, Jr Swin; Richardson, A.

In: Experimental Gerontology, Vol. 18, No. 6, 1983, p. 451-460.

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Tak Cheung, H. ; Twu, Jr Swin ; Richardson, A. / Mechanism of the age-related decline in lymphocyte proliferation : Role of IL-2 production and protein synthesis. In: Experimental Gerontology. 1983 ; Vol. 18, No. 6. pp. 451-460.
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