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Proliferation and apoptosis of human T cells during replicative senescence - a critical approach.

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Normal human T lymphocytes growing in culture undergo replicative senescence. Previously, we have shown that in our conditions polyclonal T cells cease proliferation after about three weeks (Radziszewska et al., 1999, Cell Biol. Int. 23, 97-103). Now we present results of a more detailed analysis of in vitro growth as well as phenotypic changes of T cells. Cell cycle analysis showed that about 20% of cells were in the S phase untill the 17th day of culture (young cells). The highest number of mitotic cells (phase G2/M; 10%) was observed during the first week of culture. All not dividing senescent cells were stopped in the G1 phase (after the 30th day of culture). The sub-G1 fraction which represents apoptotic cells did not exceed 8% during the whole period until the 30th day of culture. During in vitro T-cell growth, a rather rapid selection to CD3+CD8+ cells occurs. In the presenescent (between the 17th and 30th day) and senescent populations the majority of cells (above 90%) were CD8 positive. We also have checked the expression of α-chain interleukin-2 (IL-2) receptor (CD25). In young and presenescent cells about one third of cells was CD25 positive, but only 15% in the pool of senescent cells. Immunoblotting analysis of p16 protein recognized previously as a marker of senescent T cells, showed its highest and transient expression in presenescent cells. A critical review of the polyclonal T cell replicative senescence model is presented.

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  • Molecular Bases of Aging Laboratory, Nencki Institute of Experimental Biology, Polish Academy of Sciences, L. Pasteura 3, 02-093 Warszawa, Poland
  • Flow Cytometry Laboratory, Drug Institute, Chełmska 30/34, 00-725 Warszawa, Poland
  • Molecular Bases of Aging Laboratory, Nencki Institute of Experimental Biology, Polish Academy of Sciences, L. Pasteura 3, 02-093 Warszawa, Poland
  • Molecular Bases of Aging Laboratory, Nencki Institute of Experimental Biology, Polish Academy of Sciences, L. Pasteura 3, 02-093 Warszawa, Poland
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