Dr. Leng's research has focused on the following three areas:
- Key components of senescent immune dysregulation in frail older adults, such as chronic inflammation and immune activation, and their adverse health consequences
- Factors and mechanisms that contribute to immune functional decline in older adults, such as chronic CMV infection
- Strategies to strengthen the aging immune system, such as influenza immunization in frail older adults, and promote healthy aging.
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Li HF, Mao GX, Carlson J, and Leng SX. A novel flow cytometry-based tool for determining the efficiency of human cytomegalovirus infection in THP-1 derived macrophages. J. Virological Methods 2015; 221:127-30.
Piggott DA, Varadhan R, Mehta SH, Brown TT, Li H, Walston JD, Leng SX, Kirk GD. Frailty, Inflammation, and Mortality Among Persons Aging With HIV Infection and Injection Drug Use. J Gerontol A Biol Sci Med Sci. 2015 Dec; 70(12):1542-7.
Leng SX, Dandorf S, LI HF, Carlson, J, Hui J, Mehta SH, Piggott DA, Islam S, Manwani B, and Kirk GD. Associations of Circulating Soluble Tumor Necrosis Factor-α Receptors 1 and 2 with Interleukin-6 Levels in an Aging Cohort of Injection Drug Users with or at high risk for HIV infection. AIDS Res. Human Retroviruses 2015 Dec; 31(12):1257-64.
Ning XX, Ouyang M, and Leng SX. The geriatric syndrome of frailty: role of inflammation and immune activation. Chin. J. Geri. (in press)
Mao GX, Li HF, Wang GF, and Leng SX. Sirtinol suppresses human cytomegalovirus (hCMV) infection and hCMV-induced cellular senescence and production of reactive oxygen species in human fibroblasts. Mechanisms Ageing Development 2016 (in press)