Thymic Senescence

Kvell, Krisztian (2019) Thymic Senescence. In: Thymus. Intech.

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Thymic senescence develops in every person, although at different pace. Thymic senescence significantly lowers the production of naive T cells, leading to increased incidence of infections, cancer and autoimmune diseases. Certain external factors can accelerate thymic senescence. These include chemicals (copper-chelators), hor- mones (androgens), infections (viruses, fungi, protozoa). Others may slow the aging process of the thymus including perturbations to the hormonal (sex-steroid) system, genetic alterations (PPARgamma deficiency) or chemical compounds (PPARgamma antagonists). Thymic senescence research may provide insight to underlying molecu- lar events and potentially appoint novel therapeutic targets for senescence interven- tion strategies. These hold promise to postpone thymus senescence and enhance T cell production. That would result in a decreased incidence of infections, cancer and autoimmune diseases, currently affecting the elderly. The attributed drop in health- care costs and gain in quality of life share tremendous economic and social interest.

Item Type: Book Section
Subjects: Q Science / természettudomány > QP Physiology / élettan
Depositing User: dr Krisztian Kvell
Date Deposited: 24 Sep 2020 10:59
Last Modified: 24 Sep 2020 10:59

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