Author(s): LaPerriere A, Antoni MH, Ironson G, Perry A, McCabe P,
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Abstract This study was conducted to determine the effects of an aerobic exercise training program on subpopulations of lymphocyte phenotypes. Fourteen healthy but sedentary males, 18-40 years of age, were randomly assigned to either an aerobic exercise training or control condition. Aerobic exercise training consisted of three 45-minute sessions of cycle ergometry exercise per week at 70-80\% of age-predicted maximum heart rate for ten weeks. The aerobic exercise training resulted in a significant decrease in submaximal heart rate from 176 to 150 beats per minute to a fixed work rate of 150 watts (p < .01). This training effect was accompanied by increases in the resting level of the following lymphocyte subpopulations: CD2 (1717 vs 2183 mm3; p < .01), CD4 (942 vs 1280 mm3; p < .01), CD45RA+CD4+ (312 vs 595 mm3; p < .01), CD8 (655 vs 816 mm3; p < .05), and CD20 (162 vs 244 mm3; p < .01) cell counts. These findings indicate that several lymphocyte subpopulations are increased following a 10-week program of aerobic exercise training.
This article was published in Int J Sports Med
and referenced in Journal of AIDS & Clinical Research