OBM Geriatrics is an Open Access journal published quarterly online by LIDSEN Publishing Inc. The journal takes the premise that innovative approaches – including gene therapy, cell therapy, and epigenetic modulation – will result in clinical interventions that alter the fundamental pathology and the clinical course of age-related human diseases. We will give strong preference to papers that emphasize an alteration (or a potential alteration) in the fundamental disease course of Alzheimer’s disease, vascular aging diseases, osteoarthritis, osteoporosis, skin aging, immune senescence, and other age-related diseases.

Geriatric medicine is now entering a unique point in history, where the focus will no longer be on palliative, ameliorative, or social aspects of care for age-related disease, but will be capable of stopping, preventing, and reversing major disease constellations that have heretofore been entirely resistant to interventions based on “small molecular” pharmacological approaches. With the changing emphasis from genetic to epigenetic understandings of pathology (including telomere biology), with the use of gene delivery systems (including viral delivery systems), and with the use of cell-based therapies (including stem cell therapies), a fatalistic view of age-related disease is no longer a reasonable clinical default nor an appropriate clinical research paradigm.

Precedence will be given to papers describing fundamental interventions, including interventions that affect cell senescence, patterns of gene expression, telomere biology, stem cell biology, and other innovative, 21st century interventions, especially if the focus is on clinical applications, ongoing clinical trials, or animal trials preparatory to phase 1 human clinical trials.

Papers must be clear and concise, but detailed data is strongly encouraged. The journal publishes a variety of article types (Original Research, Review, Communication, Opinion, Comment, Conference Report, Technical Note, Book Review, etc.). There is no restriction on the length of the papers and we encourage scientists to publish their results in as much detail as possible.

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Special Issue

Senescent Cells as Therapeutic Targets

Submission Deadline: November 30, 2024 (Open) Submit Now

Guest Editors

Urs Nydegger, MD

Labormedizinisches Zentrum Dr. Risch, Bern-Liebefeld, CH 3097, Switzerland

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Research Interests: Senescence; red blood cell; complement system; autoimmunity; hematology; immunology

Lorenz Risch, MD

Labormedizinisches Zentrum Dr. Risch, Bern-Liebefeld, CH 3097, Switzerland

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Research Interests: Hematologic diseases; insulin resistance; hypertension; atherosclerosis; diabetes; public health; pharmacology; blood pressure

Benjamin Sakem, PhD

Labormedizinisches Zentrum Dr. Risch, Bern-Liebefeld, CH 3097, Switzerland

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Research Interests: DNA; cell culture; PCR; serum and urine electrophoresis; monoclonal gammopathy; diabetes; vitamin D; geriatrics and senescence

About This Topic

Currently, both scientific and lay press are filled with text releases on work that would explain to the reader biological reasons for the ever-prolonging healthy life expectancy of us humans. The field of cell biology with its major chapters of cell receptors/ligands, intracellular information transfer, mitochondrial energy procurement, and chromosomal biology involving recent insights into genetics, has allowed us to focus our interest on the senescence of single cell types all by comparing those located at various anatomical locations of the human body. Distinction of cell types refines at a fast pace thanks to evolving lab tests, e.g. cytofluorometry (go to: https://cytometryschool.ch). Identification of the activation status using FACS (fluorescence-activating cell sorting) has allowed ascribing senescent cells a whole list of markers the most important being p16 and p21; new terminology on cell-based therapies is slowly but surely becoming established; such designations as checkpoint inhibitors, CAR T cells to engineer patients’ immune cells or else in the cancer fields have become common language among medics and they conquer the pharmaceutical industries field. Senescent is a cell clone that becomes unable to divide, eventually dying off. The cell then releases interleukins and other metabolites leaving traces in the microenvironment – a multitude of effects favourable or moldy now explored by many research labs.

Medics get attentive when the pharmaceutical industry does and vice versa; thus, senescence is not merely "dying off" but bears pharmaceutical significance in the network of innate and acquired immunity.

Luckily today, a large amount of knowledge on cell-aging in plants, animals and primates has accrued, and modern laboratory techniques now allow to monitor aging sequence biochemistry using CRISPR, PCR, kinetically confined single cell analysis, gene expression profiling and DNA methylation quantification. Another impetus looking into senescence comes from Francis S. Collins MD who saw a woman afflicted with progeria, i.e. accelerated aging, now known to express the T letter instead of C in the middle of the gene coding lamin A, this nuclear structural protein. Indeed, genome-wide disease association (GWDA) has revealed 16 different loci associated with old age; the most prominent: TP53, TNF, APOE and IL6. Such advances have made insights into senescence to become a precious field of interest for geriatrics. Are different cellular functions undergoing different senescence pathways - typical for any given function? Certainly, an insulin producing beta islet cell features a different senescing biology in T2 diabetes mellitus as compared with Langerhans’ islet cells in healthy individuals but while this is plausible, nature keeps the way this is governed secret. May this special issue of OBM Geriatrics stimulate colleagues’ and scientists’ imagination. At least, senescent cells of the senescent immune system make place for immunocompetent acquired immunity.

Acknowledgments: The linguistic support by Levi Jaun, cand math, is kindly acknowledged.


Telomer biomarker; protein glycation helicase; mitochondria CpG sites; inflammasome CAR T; target of rapamycine (TOR); CRISPR

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