Therapeutic interventions for aging: the case of cellular senescence

Drug Discov Today. 2017 May;22(5):786-795. doi: 10.1016/j.drudis.2017.01.004. Epub 2017 Jan 19.


Organismal aging is a multifactorial process characterized by the onset of degenerative conditions and cancer. One of the key drivers of aging is cellular senescence, a state of irreversible growth arrest induced by many pro-tumorigenic stresses. Senescent cells accumulate late in life and at sites of age-related pathologies, where they contribute to disease onset and progression through complex cell and non-cell autonomous effects. Here, we summarize the mechanisms by which cellular senescence can promote aging, and we offer an extensive description of current potential pharmacological interventions for senescent cells, highlighting limitations and suggesting alternatives.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Aging*
  • Animals
  • Cell Proliferation
  • Cellular Senescence*
  • Drug Therapy
  • Humans
  • Paracrine Communication