Senescent cells accumulate in multiple tissues as virtually all vertebrate organisms age. Senescence is a highly conserved response to many forms of cellular stress intended to block the propagation of damaged cells. Senescent cells have been demonstrated to play a causal role in aging via their senescence-associated secretory phenotype and by impeding tissue regeneration. Depletion of senescent cells either through genetic or pharmacologic methods has been demonstrated to extend murine lifespan and delay the onset of age-related diseases. Measuring the burden and location of senescent cells in vivo remains challenging, as there is no marker unique to senescent cells. Here, we describe multiple methods to detect the presence and extent of cellular senescence in preclinical models, with a special emphasis on murine models of accelerated aging that exhibit a more rapid onset of cellular senescence.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Title of host publication||Methods in Molecular Biology|
|Publisher||Humana Press Inc.|
|Number of pages||28|
|State||Published - 2019|
|Name||Methods in Molecular Biology|
Bibliographical noteFunding Information:
This work was supported by the NIH grants P01-AG043376 (PDR, LJN), U19-AG056278 (PDR, LJN), and Glenn Foundation (LJN, CEB).
- Gene expression
- Murine models