Escape from oncogene-induced senescence

The manuscript provides evidence on how senescent cells escape from oncogene induced senescence, an important tumor suppressor mechanism, facilitating tumor progression. Particularly the authors demonstrate that a recurrent chromosomal inversion harboring the circadian gene BHLHE40 is sufficient to drive escape from oncogene-induced senescence. The inversion is the outcome of oncogene-mediated genomic instability followed by chromatin refolding changes that activate the gene, leading to cell cycle re-entry and aggressive behavior. These findings support that replication stress-induced genomic instability is the causative factor underlying ‘‘escape’’ from oncogene-induced senescence and that targeting senescent cells can be of major clinical importance by eliminating a potential source of recurrence.

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Prof. Vassilis G. Gorgoulis

Laboratory of Histology-Embryology
Molecular Carcinogenesis Group
Medical School
National and Kapodistrian University of Athens



Chair of Clinical Molecular Pathology,

Ninewells Hospital and School of Medicine


University of Dundee, Dundee, UK


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