The adaptive immune system is a highly proliferative organ that combines ongoing differentiation with preservation of memory. CpG DNA methylation is central to many of the fate decisions that occur from early lymphoid development to late effector functions of end-differentiated cells. Many of the DNA demethylation-sensitive genes play an important role in autoimmune diseases and in the immune defects that are associated with the aging process, suggesting that failing epigenetic control mechanisms of genes involved in adaptive immune responses contribute to these diseases.
- Immune senescence
- T cells
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)