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Lookup NU author(s): Evon Low,
Professor Thomas von Zglinicki,
Dr Satomi Miwa
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License (CC BY 4.0).
© 2021. Skin is the largest organ of the body with important protective functions, which become compromised with time due to both intrinsic and extrinsic ageing processes. Cellular senescence is the primary ageing process at cell level, associated with loss of proliferative capacity, mitochondrial dysfunction and significantly altered patterns of expression and secretion of bioactive molecules. Intervention experiments have proven cell senescence as a relevant cause of ageing in many organs. In case of skin, accumulation of senescence in all major compartments with ageing is well documented and might be responsible for most, if not all, the molecular changes observed during ageing. Incorporation of senescent cells into in-vitro skin models (specifically 3D full thickness models) recapitulates changes typically associated with skin ageing. However, crucial evidence is still missing. A beneficial effect of senescent cell ablation on skin ageing has so far only been shown following rather unspecific interventions or in transgenic mouse models. We conclude that evidence for cellular senescence as a relevant cause of intrinsic skin ageing is highly suggestive but not yet completely conclusive.
Author(s): Low E, Alimohammadiha G, Smith LA, Costello LF, Przyborski SA, von Zglinicki T, Miwa S
Publication type: Review
Publication status: Published
Journal: Ageing Research Reviews
Print publication date: 01/11/2021
Online publication date: 03/09/2021
Acceptance date: 31/08/2021
ISSN (print): 1568-1637
ISSN (electronic): 1872-9649
Publisher: Elsevier Ireland Ltd