Discovery, development, and future application of senolytics: theories and predictions

FEBS J. 2020 Jun;287(12):2418-2427. doi: 10.1111/febs.15264. Epub 2020 Mar 17.


Senescent cells accumulate with aging and at etiological sites of multiple diseases, including those accounting for most morbidity, mortality, and health costs. Senescent cells do not replicate, can release factors that cause tissue dysfunction, and yet remain viable. The discovery of senolytic drugs, agents that selectively eliminate senescent cells, created a new route for alleviating age-related dysfunction and diseases. As anticipated for agents targeting fundamental aging mechanisms that are 'root cause' contributors to multiple disorders, potential applications of senolytics are protean. We review the discovery of senolytics, strategies for translation into clinical application, and promising early signals from clinical trials.

Keywords: Geroscience Hypothesis; MAD cells; SASP; SCAPs; dasatinib; fisetin; navitoclax; quercetin; senolytics.

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Cellular Senescence / drug effects
  • Clinical Trials as Topic
  • Computational Biology
  • Drug Development*
  • Humans
  • Pharmaceutical Preparations / chemistry*
  • Phenotype


  • Pharmaceutical Preparations