CD70 contributes to age-associated T cell defects and overwhelming inflammatory responses

Di Wang, Juan Du, Yangzi Song, Beibei Wang, Rui Song, Yu Hao, Yongqin Zeng, Jiang Xiao, Hong Zheng, Hui Zeng, Hongxin Zhao, Yaxian Kong

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Aging is associated with immune dysregulation, especially T cell disorders, which result in increased susceptibility to various diseases. Previous studies have shown that loss of co-stimulatory receptors or accumulation of co-inhibitory molecules play important roles in T cell aging. In the present study, CD70, which was generally regarded as a costimulatory molecule, was found to be upregulated on CD4+ and CD8+ T cells of elderly individuals. Aged CD70+ T cells displayed a phenotype of over-activation, and expressed enhanced levels of numerous inhibitory receptors including PD-1, 2B4 and LAG-3. CD70+ T cells from elderly individuals exhibited increased susceptibility to apoptosis and high levels of inflammatory cytokines. Importantly, the functional dysregulation of CD70+ T cells associated with aging was reversed by blocking CD70. Collectively, this study demonstrated CD70 as a prominent regulator involved in immunosenescence, which led to defects and overwhelming inflammatory responses of T cells during aging. These findings provide a strong rationale for targeting CD70 to prevent dysregulation related to immunosenescence.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)12032-12050
Number of pages19
Issue number12
StatePublished - Jun 30 2020

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Aging
  • Cell Biology


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