CMV amplifies T-cell redeployment to acute exercise independently of HSV-1 serostatus

Emily C. Lavoy, Austin B. Bigley, Guillaume Spielmann, Jerrald L. Rector, Mark R. Morrison, Daniel P. O'Connor, Richard J. Simpson

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Purpose: Latent cytomegalovirus (CMV) infection has been shown to alter the lymphocyte response to acute aerobic exercise, likely due to the corresponding increase in exercise-responsive memory CD8+ T cells. It is unknown if latent infection with another herpesvirus, herpes simplex virus 1 (HSV-1), also plays a role in shaping the lymphocyte response to exercise. Methods: Thirty-two men (ages 39.3 ± 14.7 yr) counterbalanced by CMV and HSV-1 serostatus (positive/negative) cycled for 30 min at ~80% peak power. Blood sampled before, immediately after, and 1 h after exercise was analyzed by flow cytometry for T-cell subset enumeration. Results: In resting blood, HSV-1 + had fewer lymphocytes, CD4+ T cells, KLRG1 -CD28+CD4+ T cells, and CD45RA -CCR7+CD4+ T cells than HSV-1-, whereas CMV+ had increased numbers of lymphocytes, CD8+ T cells, KLRG1+CD28-CD4+ and CD8+ T cells, and CD45RA+ CCR7-CD8+ T cells and a lower CD4:CD8 T-cell ratio than CMV-. After exercise, CMV+ had a greater mobilization of CD8+ T cells, KLRG1 +CD28-CD4+ and CD8+ T cells, and CD45RA+CCR7-CD8+ T cells independently of HSV-1 serostatus, as well as a greater egress of these subsets 1 h after exercise. HSV serostatus did not influence total CD8+ T-cell response to exercise. Conclusions: The impact of latent CMV infection on the redeployment of T-cell subsets with exercise is independent of HSV-1 infection. This is most likely due to the unique ability of CMV to alter the composition of the memory T-cell pool in favor of exercise-responsive T-cell subsets.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)257-267
Number of pages11
JournalMedicine and Science in Sports and Exercise
Issue number2
StatePublished - Feb 2014
Externally publishedYes



ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine
  • Physical Therapy, Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation


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