Cellular Senescence in Age-Related Diseases: Pathophysiology and Therapeutic Approaches

A special issue of Biomedicines (ISSN 2227-9059). This special issue belongs to the section "Cell Biology and Pathology".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 October 2024 | Viewed by 305

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Stritch School of Medicine, Core Microscopy Facility and Department of Microbiology and Immunology, Loyola University Chicago, Chicago, IL USA
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Dear Colleagues,

Cellular senescence, discovered in the 1960s, is a homeostatic response triggered by aging-associated insults, such as genomic instability and telomere attrition. It is characterized by a stable cell cycle arrest, which prevents the proliferation of damaged cells, and profound phenotypic changes, such as the production of a complex mixture of biologically active secreted factors, referred to as the senescence-associated secretory phenotype (SASP). As cellular senescence, a central hallmark of aging, plays an important role in age-related diseases including diabetes, cardiovascular disease, cancer, and neurodegenerative diseases, interventions targeting senescence are potential therapies for these diseases. The finding of an increased life span in murine models after the removal of senescent cells underscored the utility of targeting senescence for therapeutic benefits. Several therapeutic approaches have been developed. These include the development of drugs that selectively eliminate senescent cells,  known as senolytics, the development of drugs that modulate the SASP, known as senomorphics, and the development of drugs that revert senescence to allow senescent cells to enter the cell cycle, known as senoreverters. This Special Issue welcomes articles that clarify the molecular and physiological properties of senescent cells, shed light on the role of cellular senescence in the pathophysiology of age-related diseases, or describe the development of novel therapeutic approaches targeting cellular senescence.

Dr. David J. Rademacher
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  • cellular senescence
  • senescence-associated secretory phenotype
  • aging
  • senolytics
  • senomorphics
  • senoreverters
  • therapeutics

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