Apr 10, 2019

Cellular Senescence: The Trojan Horse in Chronic Lung Diseases

American Journal of Respiratory Cell and Molecular Biology
Shruthi HamsanathanAna L Mora


Senescence is a cell fate decision characterized by irreversible arrest of proliferation accompanied by a senescence-associated secretory phenotype. Traditionally, cellular senescence has been recognized as a beneficial physiological mechanism during development and wound healing and in tumor suppression. However, in recent years, evidence of negative consequences of cellular senescence has emerged, illuminating its role in several chronic pathologies. In this context, senescent cells persist or accumulate and have detrimental consequences. In this review, we discuss the possibility that in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, persistent senescence impairs wound healing in the lung caused by secretion of proinflammatory senescence-associated secretory phenotype factors and exhaustion of progenitor cells. In contrast, in idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis, chronic senescence in alveolar epithelial cells exacerbates the accumulation of senescent fibroblasts together with production of extracellular matrix. We review how cellular senescence may contribute to lung disease pathology.

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Extracellular Matrix
Cell Proliferation
Senescence Function
Lung Diseases
TXN protein, human
LIMS1 gene
Cell Secretion
Chronic Obstructive Airway Disease

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