Stress‐induced Premature Senescence (SIPS)

Abstract

Replicative senescence is a process in which normal proliferative cells lose replicative potential and acquire specific biomarkers as a result of serial passages in culture. Stress‐induced premature senescence (SIPS) is the long‐term appearance of the biomarkers of replicative senescence after exposure of human diploid cells to subcytotoxic stress. The processes of signal transduction triggering SIPS are now better understood, as well as the changes in protein expression taking place in SIPS. SIPS could play a role in the tissue changes occurring with in vivo ageing, as biomarkers of replicative senescence also appear after repeated exposure of human diploid fibroblasts not only to various types of oxidative stress but also to proinflammatory cytokines.

Keywords: stress‐induced premature senescence; oxidative stress; fibroblasts; cytokines; toxicology; signal transduction; proteomics

Figure 1.

DNA damage can induce and/or activate p53, which acts as a transcription factor to induce cyclin‐dependent kinase inhibitor (CdkI) p21waf‐1 expression. p21waf‐1 inhibits the kinase activity (phosphorylation activity) of the Cyclin D1–Cdk complexes, which are no longer able to phosphorylate the retinoblastoma protein pRB. p16ink‐4 inhibits the kinase activity of the cyclin E–Cdk complexes. When hypophosphorylated, the pRB forms a complex with E2F transcription factors. When complexed with pRB, E2F cannot induce the transcription of genes necessary for the cells to start the S phase of the cell cycle, such as the genes of dihydrofolate reductase (DHFR) and thymidine kinase (TK).

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Toussaint, Olivier, Salmon, Michel, Pascal, Thierry, Magalhaes, Joao Pedro, and Chainiaux, Florence(May 2005) Stress‐induced Premature Senescence (SIPS). In: eLS. John Wiley & Sons Ltd, Chichester. http://www.els.net [doi: 10.1038/npg.els.0003865]