Reactive Oxygen Species Detection in Senescent Cells

  • Stella Victorelli
  • João F. PassosEmail author
Part of the Methods in Molecular Biology book series (MIMB, volume 1896)


Cumulative evidence suggests that cellular senescence plays a variety of important physiological roles, including tumor suppression, embryonic development and ageing. Senescent cells are characterized by increased production of reactive oxygen species (ROS), mostly produced by dysfunctional mitochondria. Both intracellular and extracellular ROS have been shown to contribute to the induction of senescence. ROS have also been shown to act as signaling molecules during senescence, stabilizing the cell-cycle arrest. In this chapter, we present a detailed description of protocols that allow us to characterize intracellular and extracellular ROS in live senescent cells.

Key words

ROS Senescence ROS indicator dyes MitoSOX™ DHE DHR123 Amplex Red 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Newcastle University Institute for AgeingNewcastle UniversityNewcastle upon TyneUK
  2. 2.Institute for Cell and Molecular BiosciencesNewcastle UniversityNewcastle upon TyneUK
  3. 3.Ageing Research Laboratories, Campus for Ageing and VitalityNewcastle UniversityNewcastle upon TyneUK

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