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From cellular senescence to Alzheimer's disease: The role of telomere shortening.

Authors: Virginia V. Boccardi, Luca L. Pelini, Sara S. Ercolani, Carmelinda C. Ruggiero, Patrizia P. Mecocci
Published: 04/17/2015, Ageing research reviews


The old age population is increasing worldwide as well as age related diseases, including neurodegenerative disorders, such as Alzheimer's disease (AD), which negatively impacts on the health care systems. Aging represents per se a risk factor for AD. Thus, the study and identification of pathways within the biology of aging represent an important end point for the development of novel and effective disease-modifying drugs to treat, delay, or prevent AD. Cellular senescence and telomere shortening represent suitable and promising targets. Several studies show that cellular senescence is tightly interconnected to aging and AD, while the role of telomere dynamic and stability in AD pathogenesis is still unclear. This review will focus on the linking mechanisms between cellular senescence, telomere shortening, and AD.

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