Anti-ageing effects of kinetin

Rodney Reid rreid at
Fri May 16 23:21:20 EST 1997

	(I crossposted this to also)
	Maybe it means that they're just less fertile, or (my hypothesis)
that the anti-aging effects of kinetin are really part of a larger scheme
of things that goes like this:

	Spring comes to town.   Plants everywhere, being in their growing
season, produce kinetin in adundance.

	Animals everywhere, being hungry, eat the growing kinetin-rich
plants.	   Ooops!!!   Guess maximum reproduction year round isn't in
the cards for them.   The kinetin keeps them around longer (relative to
the other seasons) although....    

	The annual growing cycle continues on, and Summer and Fall come.
Kinetin production in plants decreases, animals everywhere eating the 
now kinetin (free? lessened?) plants experience a surge in fertility -
Mating season comes along.

	Winter comes (burrrrrr!!!) and everything dies, moves, or goes
into hibernation.   Of course, every living thing is waiting for the next
spring, when many of them have babies and the whole cycle starts all over

	Of course this hypothesis rests on kinetin really being a seasonal
plant hormone (or mostly seasonal for the bulk of plant matter eaten - I
guess a young tree might produce more % kinetin than a mature tree in the
same growing season) AND that most animals are affected by the
reproductive dampening effects of kinetin.

	Which brings me to a another question/test:  Carnivores and
Omnivores should have a more varied mating/birthing season than pure
herbivores, being that they would be less dependant on kinetin regulating
things.... I dunno if they do or not though.

Here is a pointer to NCBI's pubmed:

...go to the basic search and enter "kinetin & human & plant" for a couple
abstracts about it (some by the originator of this thread).   A search at for "kinetin" in their old databse pulled up a few
articles too.


Don Ashley (dashley at TENET.EDU) wrote:

: On 16 May 1997, Suresh Rattan wrote:

: > For the last several years I have been reporting here the progress as
: > regards the anti-ageing effects of the plant growth hormone kinetin. Just
: > to remind you, we have previously published the youth-promoting and
: > anti-ageing effects of kinetin on human cells; life prolongation of
: > Drosophila; and the identification of kinetin in natural sources, mainly in
: > DNA. Now, we have published another paper showing that kinetin increases
: > longevity of fruitflies by increasing some of the antioxidant enzyme
: > systems. However, this increased lifespan is achieved at a cost of reduced
: > egg laying. 

: Might this mean that increased longevity comes at the cost of decreased 
: sexual performance also?

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