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Naturally occurring p16(Ink4a)-positive cells shorten healthy lifespan

Baker, D. J., Childs, B. G., Durik, M., Wijers, M., Sieben, C. J., Zhong, J., Saltness, R. A., Jeganathan, K. B., Verzosa, G. C., Pezeshki, A., Khazaie, K., Miller, J. D. & van Deursen, J. M., 11-Feb-2016, In : Nature. 530, p. 184-189 6 p.

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  • D.J. Baker
  • B.G. Childs
  • M. Durik
  • Marthe Wijers
  • C.J. Sieben
  • J Zhong
  • R.A. Saltness
  • K.B. Jeganathan
  • G.C. Verzosa
  • A Pezeshki
  • K Khazaie
  • J.D. Miller
  • J.M. van Deursen
Cellular senescence, a stress-induced irreversible growth arrest often characterized by expression of p16Ink4a (encoded by the Ink4a/Arf locus, also known as Cdkn2a) and a distinctive secretory phenotype, prevents the proliferation of preneoplastic cells and has beneficial roles in tissue remodelling during embryogenesis and wound healing. Senescent cells accumulate in various tissues and organs over time, and have been speculated to have a role in ageing. To explore the physiological relevance and consequences of naturally occurring senescent cells, here we use a previously established transgene, INK-ATTAC, to induce apoptosis in p16Ink4a-expressing cells of wild-type mice by injection of AP20187 twice a week starting at one year of age. We show that compared to vehicle alone, AP20187 treatment extended median lifespan in both male and female mice of two distinct genetic backgrounds. The clearance of p16Ink4a-positive cells delayed tumorigenesis and attenuated age-related deterioration of several organs without apparent side effects, including kidney, heart and fat, where clearance preserved the functionality of glomeruli, cardio-protective KATP channels and adipocytes, respectively. Thus, p16Ink4a-positive cells that accumulate during adulthood negatively influence lifespan and promote age-dependent changes in several organs, and their therapeutic removal may be an attractive approach to extend healthy lifespan.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)184-189
Number of pages6
JournalNature
Volume530
Publication statusPublished - 11-Feb-2016
Externally publishedYes

    Keywords

  • RESTRICTION, SURVIVAL, CELLULAR SENESCENCE, IN-VIVO, BUBR1 INSUFFICIENCY, BODY-WEIGHT, MICE, AGE, EXPRESSION, MOUSE

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