Cyclin D1 over-expression permits the reproducible detection of senescent human vascular smooth muscle cells

Burton, D., Sheerin, A., Ostler, E.L., Smith, K., Giles, P.J., Lowe, J., Rhys-Williams, W., Kipling, D.G. and Faragher, R.G.A. (2007) Cyclin D1 over-expression permits the reproducible detection of senescent human vascular smooth muscle cells Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences, 1119 . pp. 20-31. ISSN 1-57331-686-5

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The senescence of mitotic cells is hypothesized to play a causal role in organismal aging. Cultures of normal human cells become senescent in vitro as a result of a continuous decline in the mitotic fraction from cell turnover. However, one potential barrier to the evaluation of the frequency and distribution of senescent cells in tissues is the absence of a panel of robust markers for the senescent state. In parallel with an analysis of the growth kinetics of human vascular smooth muscle cells, we have undertaken transcriptomic comparisons of early- and late-passage cultures of human vascular smooth muscle cells to identify potential markers that can distinguish between senescent and growth-competent cells. A wide range of genes are upregulated at senescence in human vascular smooth muscle cells. In particular, we have identified a 12-fold upregulation of expression in the cyclin D1 message, which is reflected in a concomitant upregulation at the protein level. Quantitative cytochemical analysis of senescent and growing vascular smooth muscle cells indicates that cyclin D1 reactivity is a considerably better marker of replicative senescence than senescence-associated β-galactosidase activity. We have applied this new marker (in combination with Ki67, COMET, and TUNEL staining) to the study of human vascular smooth muscle cells treated with resveratrol, a putative anti-aging molecule known to have significant effects on cell growth.

Item Type:Journal article
Subjects:C000 Biological and Biomedical Sciences
C000 Biological and Biomedical Sciences > C700 Molecular Biology, Biophysics and Biochemistry
DOI (a stable link to the resource):10.1196/annals.1404.026
Faculties:Faculty of Science and Engineering > School of Pharmacy and Biomolecular Sciences > Disease Process > Ageing
ID Code:3349
Deposited By:editor spbs
Deposited On:08 Jan 2008
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