The aging endothelium

Vasc Biol. 2021 Jan 12;3(1):R35-R47. doi: 10.1530/VB-20-0013. eCollection 2021.


Cellular senescence is now recognized as one of the hallmarks of aging. Herein, we examine current findings on senescence of the vascular endothelium and its impacts on age-related vascular diseases. Endothelial senescence can result in systemic metabolic changes, implicating senescence in chronic diseases such as diabetes, obesity and atherosclerosis. Senolytics, drugs that eliminate senescent cells, afford new therapeutic strategies for control of these chronic diseases.

Keywords: age-related disease; aging; endothelium; senescence; vascular dysfunction.

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  • Review