Markers of senescence?

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  • Philip J. Coates

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    1. Department of Molecular and Cellular Pathology, University of Dundee, Ninewells Hospital and Medical School, Dundee DD1 9SY, UK
    • Department of Molecular and Cellular Pathology, University of Dundee, Ninewells Hospital and Medical School, Dundee DD1 9SY, UK.
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Abstract

The specific identification of cellular senescence in clinical material has important implications for determining the role of senescence in age-related pathologies and in neoplasia in certain tumours. One suggested marker of senescence is the histochemical identification of a specific β-galactosidase enzyme operative at pH 6.0. However, recent data indicate that this enzyme may not be specific for senescence in all tissues and probably represents the expression of endogenous lysosomal acid β-galactosidase, which is expressed by a variety of differentiated cell types. Copyright © 2002 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

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