Innate immunity in aging: Impact on macrophage function

Academic Article


  • Innate and adaptive immune functions decline with age, leading to increased susceptibility to infectious diseases and cancer, and reduced responses to preventive vaccination in the elderly population. Macrophages function as 'pathogen sensors' and play an important role in the initiation of inflammatory responses, elimination of pathogens, manipulation of the adaptive immune response and reparation of damaged tissue. In this paper, we review the literature addressing the impact of aging on the macrophage population. © Blackwell Publishing Ltd/Anatomical Society of Great Britain and Ireland 2004.
  • Authors

    Published In

  • Aging Cell  Journal
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    Author List

  • Plowden J; Renshaw-Hoelscher M; Engleman C; Katz J; Sambhara S
  • Start Page

  • 161
  • End Page

  • 167
  • Volume

  • 3
  • Issue

  • 4