Seropositivity for CMV and IL-6 levels are associated with grip strength and muscle size in the elderly

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  • Alixe Hm Kilgour
  • Charlotte Firth
  • Rowan Harrison
  • Mark E Bastin
  • Joanna M Wardlaw
  • Ian J Deary
  • John M Starr

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External organisations

  • Centre for Cognitive Ageing and Cognitive Epidemiology, University of Edinburgh, 7 George Square, Edinburgh EH8 9JZ, UK.


Sarcopenia is an important cause of morbidity and mortality in older adults, with immunosenescence and inflammation being possible underlying mechanisms. We investigated the relationship between latent cytomegalovirus (CMV) infection, Interleukin 6 (IL-6) levels, muscle size and strength in a group of healthy older community-dwelling people.


Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)33
JournalImmunity & Ageing
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2013