Towards Disease-Oriented Dosing of Rapamycin for Longevity


"To understand a sum of quasi-programs (aging), we need to study early-life hyperfunctions."

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BUFFALO, NY- August 2, 2023 – A new research perspective was published in Aging (listed by MEDLINE/PubMed as "Aging (Albany NY)" and "Aging-US" by Web of Science) Volume 15, Issue 14, entitled, “Towards disease-oriented dosing of rapamycin for longevity: does aging exist or only age-related diseases?

In his new research perspective, Dr. Mikhail V. Blagosklonny from Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center discusses aging and rapamycin (Sirolimus) — the only drug that consistently extends life span in countless animal studies in all species tested. He writes that individuals taking rapamycin and those not taking it will ultimately succumb to age-related diseases. However, if administered in disease-oriented dosages for an extended period of time, individuals taking rapamycin may experience a delayed onset of such diseases, and live longer. 

“The goal is to delay a particular disease that is expected to be life-limiting in a particular person.”

Age-related diseases, quasi-programmed during development, progress at varying rates in different individuals. Rapamycin is a prophylactic anti-aging drug that decelerates early development of age-related diseases. Dr. Blagosklonny further discusses the hyperfunction theory of quasi-programmed diseases, which challenges the need for the traditional concept of aging itself.

“I emphasize that aging is not programmed but, in contrast, quasi-programmed. Quasi means pseudo; seemingly; apparently but not really. Some scientists deliberately represent hyperfunction theory as theory of programmed aging. It’s the opposite. Quasi-program is a continuation of a real program. Quasi-program has no intent, no purpose and it is always harmful.”

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Corresponding Author: Mikhail V. Blagosklonny

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Keywords: mTOR, hyperfunction, lifespan, health span, cancer, Alzheimer’s disease

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Launched in 2009, Aging (Aging-US) publishes papers of general interest and biological significance in all fields of aging research and age-related diseases, including cancer—and now, with a special focus on COVID-19 vulnerability as an age-dependent syndrome. Topics in Aging go beyond traditional gerontology, including, but not limited to, cellular and molecular biology, human age-related diseases, pathology in model organisms, signal transduction pathways (e.g., p53, sirtuins, and PI-3K/AKT/mTOR, among others), and approaches to modulating these signaling pathways.

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