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T Cell-Mediated Immunity in the Immunosenescence Process

  • Pierre Olivier LangEmail author
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Abstract

Immunosenescence contributes to render older adults more susceptible to pathogens and to develop main age-related diseases. With the ever-increasing rise in the number and proportion of older persons worldwide, one of the challenges of a “long-life society” is to ensure that the years gained are not only healthy and disability-free years but also offering a good quality of life. In this perspective, recent research has concentrated on identifying the factors hindering healthy ageing, and among them, the age-related changes of the immune system have thus been particularly investigated. With respect to its central role in orchestrating the immune response, this chapter describes the main features of T cell-mediated immune senescence and the underlying mechanisms contributing to this state of increased vulnerability. Furthermore, it will explore the means by which T cell functions could be identified by using biomarkers.

Keywords

Treg Cell Herpes Zoster Influenza Vaccination Senescent Cell Thymic Involution 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Nescens Centre of Preventive Medicine, Clinique of GenolierGenolierSwitzerland
  2. 2.Translational Medicine Research Group, School of HealthCranfield UniversityCranfieldUK

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