New Senolysis Approach via Antibody–Drug Conjugate Targeting of the Senescent Cell Marker Apolipoprotein D for Skin Rejuvenation

Kento Takaya, Toru Asou, Kazuo Kishi

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Senescent cells accumulate in aging skin, causing age-related changes and a decline in functional efficiency. Therefore, senolysis, a treatment that specifically removes senescent cells and rejuvenates the skin, should be explored. We targeted apolipoprotein D (ApoD), a previously identified marker expressed on senescent dermal fibroblasts, and investigated a novel senolysis approach using a monoclonal antibody against this antigen and a secondary antibody conjugated with the cytotoxic drug pyrrolobenzodiazepine. Observations using fluorescently labeled antibodies revealed that ApoD functions as a surface marker of senescent cells and that the antibody is taken up and internalized only by such cells. The concurrent administration of the antibody with the PBD-conjugated secondary antibody specifically eliminated only senescent cells without harming young cells. The antibody–drug conjugate treatment of aging mice combined with the administration of antibodies reduced the number of senescent cells in the dermis of mice and improved the senescent skin phenotype. These results provide a proof-of-principle evaluation of a novel approach to specifically eliminate senescent cells using antibody–drug conjugates against senescent cell marker proteins. This approach is a potential candidate for clinical applications to treat pathological skin aging and related diseases via the removal of senescent cells.

Original languageEnglish
Article number5857
JournalInternational journal of molecular sciences
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 2023 Mar


  • aging
  • antibody drug conjugate
  • apolipoprotein D
  • senolysis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Catalysis
  • Molecular Biology
  • Spectroscopy
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Inorganic Chemistry


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