Immune Aging and Chronic Infections

T cells are immune cells important for the defence against viruses. The on-going exposure to cytomegalovirus impairs their function. 
In the picture: Two T cells (red) interacting with a dendritic…

“Back then, I wasn’t ill so often”: With advancing age not only the skin loses its elasticity – many organs lose their functions. So does the immune system: Defense cells do not react promptly anymore, and immunological memory is not established. As a result, we are poorly protected by vaccines and more susceptible to infections. While the mechanisms of immune aging remain unknown, it is speculated that chronic viral infections play a crucial role in this age-related loss of immune functions. Read more about how pathogens may have an impact on the real age of our immune system.

    Tanja Schildener

    Tanja Schildener


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  • Prof M.D., PhD Luka Cicin-Sain

    Luka Cicin-Sain

    Head of the Junior Research Group Immune Aging and Chronic Infections

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