mTOR is a key modulator of ageing and age-related disease.

Publication Type:

Journal Article


Nature, Volume 493, Issue 7432, p.338-45 (2013)


Aging, Animals, February 2013, Humans, Insulin, Insulin-Like Growth Factor I, Longevity, Public Health Sciences Division, Signal Transduction, TOR Serine-Threonine Kinases


Many experts in the biology of ageing believe that pharmacological interventions to slow ageing are a matter of 'when' rather than 'if'. A leading target for such interventions is the nutrient response pathway defined by the mechanistic target of rapamycin (mTOR). Inhibition of this pathway extends lifespan in model organisms and confers protection against a growing list of age-related pathologies. Characterized inhibitors of this pathway are already clinically approved, and others are under development. Although adverse side effects currently preclude use in otherwise healthy individuals, drugs that target the mTOR pathway could one day become widely used to slow ageing and reduce age-related pathologies in humans.