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J Clin Invest. 2013 Aug;123(8):3204-6.

Rapamycin, anti-aging, and avoiding the fate of Tithonus.

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Barshop Institute for Longevity and Aging Studies, University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, 7703 Floyd Curl Drive, San Antonio, Texas 78229-3900, USA. richardsona@uthscsa.edu

Abstract

The discovery that rapamycin increased the lifespan of mice was recognized by Science as one of the top 10 scientific breakthroughs of 2009. In addition to increasing lifespan, Neff and colleagues show that while rapamycin improves several functions/pathologies that change with age, it has little effect on the majority of the physiological and structural parameters they evaluated. What do these data tell us about the ability of rapamycin to delay aging and improve quality of life, i.e., prevent the fate of Tithonus?

PMID:
24063054
PMCID:
PMC3726178
DOI:
10.1172/jci70800
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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