The active E rosette test allows the characterisation of a lymphocyte subset with high affinity receptors for sheep red blood cells. In this study, we compared active T lymphocytes of healthy subjects over 65 and under 30 years of age after mitogenic stimulation. Active E rosettes increased in both age groups after 48 h of phytohemoagglutinin (PHA) stimulation, mainly in young subjects. In addition, analysing the in vitro phosphorylation of inositol lipids, changes occurred in the incorporation of radioactivity in both phosphatidylinositol 4-phosphate (PIP) and phosphatidylinositol 4,5-bis phosphate (PIP2) in the early steps of the mitotic response in the elderly subjects as compared to young ones, hinting that modifications of this signal transduction system are related to mitogenic stimulation in this peculiar T subpopulation.
Age-related events in active T subpopulation. Changes in polyphosphoinositide metabolism during mitogenic activation / RANA R.; DI PIETRO R.; ANTONUCCI A.; CATALDI A.; MISCIA S.; VITALE M.; COCCO L.. - In: MECHANISMS OF AGEING AND DEVELOPMENT. - ISSN 0047-6374. - 64(1-2)(1992), pp. 61-67.
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