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Eur J Cancer. 2011 Jul;47(11):1616-22. doi: 10.1016/j.ejca.2011.04.003. Epub 2011 May 9.

Never-ageing cellular senescence.

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  • 1IFOM Foundation, FIRC Institute of Molecular Oncology Foundation, Milan, Italy.


Cellular senescence was historically discovered as a form of cellular ageing of in vitro cultured cells. It has been under the spotlight following the evidence of oncogene-induced senescence in vivo and its role as a potent tumour suppressor mechanism. Presently, a PubMed search using keywords 'cellular senescence and cancer' reveals 8398 number of references (by April 2011) showing that while our knowledge of senescence keeps expanding, the complexity of the phenomenon keeps us - researchers in the field of cancer biology--fascinated and busy. In this short review, we summarise the many cellular pathways leading to cellular senescence and we discuss the latest experimental evidence and the questions emerging in the field.

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