Role of immune cells in the removal of deleterious senescent cells

Immun Ageing. 2020 Jun 3:17:16. doi: 10.1186/s12979-020-00187-9. eCollection 2020.


Cellular senescence is an essentially irreversible arrest of cell proliferation coupled to a complex senescence-associated secretory phenotype (SASP). The senescence arrest prevents the development of cancer, and the SASP can promote tissue repair. Recent data suggest that the prolonged presence of senescent cells, and especially the SASP, could be deleterious, and their beneficial effects early in life can become maladaptive such that they drive aging phenotypes and pathologies late in life. It is therefore important to develop strategies to eliminate senescent cells. There are currently under development or approved several immune cell-based therapies for cancer, which could be redesigned to target senescent cells. This review focuses on this possible use of immune cells and discusses how current cell-based therapies could be used for senescent cell removal.

Keywords: Age-related pathology; Cell-based therapy; Cellular senescence; Immune surveillance; Inflammation; Macrophages; Natural killer cells.

Publication types

  • Review