In the present investigation we analysed Interleukin 6 (IL-6) in vitro production by Epstein-Barr virus (EBV)-immortalized B lymphocytes established from 43 subjects, 15 young people and 28 elderly people, including 18 centenarians, after 3, 6, 9, 24, 48 and 72 h of culture. The subjects were genotypized for the C to G transition at nucleotide -174 of IL-6 gene promoter (-174 C/G) and were classified as C allele carriers (C+) and non-carriers (C-). We found that: (i) the interindividual difference in in vitro IL-6 production was wider in elderly individuals in respect to young individuals, leading to different coefficient of variation in the two groups; (ii) the -174 C/G polymorphism had an age-related effect on IL-6 in vitro production. Only among C- people, cells from elderly subjects produced significant higher level of IL-6 than cells from young subjects. These data are consistent with our previous results regarding the IL-6 serum levels in a large group of people of different age, including centenarians. Thus, the EBV-immortalized B lymphocytes can be considered a useful in vitro model for studying the genetic control of IL-6 production and its changes with age.
- EBV-immortalized B lymphocytes
- IL-6 polymorphism
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Developmental Biology
- Developmental Neuroscience