The October Journal Club will be focusing on a new study in worms where a combination of compounds acted in synergy to almost double lifespan. SUMMARY There is growing interest in pharmacological interventions directly targeting the aging process. Pharmacological interventions against aging should be efficacious when started in adults and, ideally, repurpose existing drugs. We…

Senolytics are the first therapies that directly target an aging process in order to delay or prevent age-related diseases, and they are now in human trials. Today, we think that it is the ideal time to have a look at how they work and what companies are involved. Senescent cells and aging As we get…

Today, we want to bring your attention to a recent mouse study on fisetin, a commonly available supplement that has proven effective at destroying senescent cells. What are senescent cells? As we age, increasing amounts of our cells enter into a state known as senescence. Normally, these cells destroy themselves by a self-destruct process known…

Today, we have an update from the MMTP Project team. The project was launched on Lifespan.io back in 2016 with the aim of testing senolytics and their effect on lifespan, it was successfully funded and raised 15% over its initial goal. Hi everyone, it has been a long time so we thought it was time…

Scientists at the Mayo Clinic have implicated senescent cells in yet another age-related pathology—namely, Alzheimer’s disease. Led by Dr. Darren Baker, the Mayo Clinic team discovered that clearing senescent microglia and astrocytes in murine brains leads to a much better prognosis for neurodegenerative disease [1]. Study abstract Cellular senescence, which is characterized by an irreversible…

Today we have a small update from the Cellage team. The Cellage project is aiming to use synthetic biology to create a new way to detect the presence of harmful senescent cells as current methods are less than ideal and not as accurate as we need. Hi there, We have been quiet for a while…

Today, we want to point out a new publication that dives into the world of senolytics, which are drugs or therapies that seek and destroy harmful non-dividing cells that resist the programmed cell death known as apoptosis. These cells linger in the body, and, as we age, more and more of them accumulate and contribute…

Today, we wanted to draw your attention to a recent study showing an association between the accumulation of Tau proteins, which are misfolded proteins that typically indicate Alzheimer’s disease and senescent cells. The researchers also showed that Tau pathology was improved by the use of drugs that remove non-dividing senescent cells. Unfortunately, this journal paper…

One extremely promising and emerging field of research is nano-biotechnology. Nano-biotechnology could potentially be an extremely powerful tool in our quest for a longer, healthier life. Senescent cells are known to be essential in multiple aging processes. Getting rid of these problem cells is, therefore, something we could do to potentially increase our healthy lifespan,…

This is part of our ongoing series of articles that discuss the Hallmarks of Aging. Published in 2013, the paper divides aging into distinct categories (“hallmarks”) of damage to explain how the aging process works and how it causes age-related diseases. Today, we will be looking at the hallmark of cellular senescence. What are senescent…

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