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Human Sir2-related protein SIRT1 associates with the bHLH repressors HES1 and HEY2 and is involved in HES1- and HEY2-mediated transcriptional repression.

The Hairy-related bHLH proteins function as transcriptional repressors in most cases and play important roles in diverse aspects of metazoan development. Recently, it was shown that the Drosophila bHLH repressor proteins, Hairy and Deadpan, bind to and function with the NAD(+)-dependent histone deacetylase, Sir2. Here we demonstrate that the human Sir2 homologue, SIRT1, also physically associates with the human bHLH repressor proteins, hHES1 and hHEY2, both in vitro and in vivo. Moreover, using the reporter assay, we show that both SIRT1-dependent and -independent deacetylase pathways are involved in the transcriptional repressions mediated by these bHLH repressors. These results indicate that the molecular association between bHLH proteins and Sir2-related proteins is conserved among metazoans, from Drosophila to human, and suggest that the Sir2-bHLH interaction also plays important roles in human cells.

Pubmed ID: 12535671


  • Takata T
  • Ishikawa F


Biochemical and biophysical research communications

Publication Data

January 31, 2003

Associated Grants


Mesh Terms

  • Animals
  • Basic Helix-Loop-Helix Transcription Factors
  • Drosophila Proteins
  • Gene Expression Regulation
  • Genes, Reporter
  • Helix-Loop-Helix Motifs
  • Histone Deacetylases
  • Homeodomain Proteins
  • Humans
  • Protein Binding
  • Recombinant Fusion Proteins
  • Repressor Proteins
  • Sirtuin 1
  • Sirtuins
  • Transcription Factors
  • Transcription, Genetic