Objectives of the Project
The main risk factor for Osteoarthritis (OA) is ageing. An emerging concept for age-related diseases is that senescent cells accumulate with time and release SASP (senescence-associated secretory profile) products, which alter tissue functions. Accumulation of senescent cells during lifespan is believed to contribute to progressive tissue loss of functions. Specific elimination of these cells could prevent some age-associated diseases.
Within the SEN-OA consortium, we propose a multifaceted approach combining innovative biomedical senescence models, ageing animal studies, human sample analyses and screening for senescence-targeting compounds for clinical application to (i) decipher the role of ageing-associated senescence mechanisms in the appearance of OA and (ii) develop innovative treatments for OA patients