SCIENTIFIC NAME(S): N6-furfuryladenine, N-(2-furanylmethyl)-1H-purin­ 6-arnine, 6-furfurylaminopurine


Kinetin is part of a group of similar plant hormones called cytokinins. It's primary role is to extend plant life by promoting cell division and cell enlargement. It is also involved in apical dominance. Kinetin is also called 6-Furfurylaminopurine.


Plant hormones, or cytokinins, were named for their ability to stimulate cell division (cytokinesis). The first known cytokinin was a component of coconut milk. This was used as a standard additive to plant tissue cultures in the lab because of its ability to make plants divide. Cytokinins were eventually isolated from coconut milk, immature organs of corn, and various other sources. Studies dating back to the mid-1950s describe the structure and synthesis of kinetin specifically.

Kinetin has been advertised as an antiaging product for wrinkled skin treatment. Kinerase is a cream/lotion containing a 0.1 % kinetin concentration

Botany :- Kinetin, a cytokinin and plant hormone, is a cell division factor found in plant parts and yeast. Kinetin has also been detected in freshly extracted DNA from human cells.

Uses of kinetin

Kinetin functions as an essential growth hormone, which can influence cell growth and differentiation. It can delay and offset aging characteristics such as cell growth rate and size, It is claimed to reduce wrinkles and improve skin texture, telangiectasia, and mottled hyperpigmentation though there is little information to support this.

Side Effects of kinetin

There is a very low incidence of side effects when used topically. Common side effects include erythema, peeling, burning, and stinging.

Computer literature searches found no information on toxicology of kinetin. The makers of Kinerase claim its use is associated with virtually no skin irritation, no thinning of the skin, no restrictions in pregnant of nursing women, no restrictions on duration of use, etc. The product is reportedly hypoallergenic and non-comedogenic and has no known interactions with drugs or other products.

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