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Impaired DNA damage response, genome instability, and tumorigenesis in SIRT1 mutant mice.

In lower eukaryotes, Sir2 serves as a histone deacetylase and is implicated in chromatin silencing, longevity, and genome stability. Here we mutated the Sirt1 gene, a homolog of yeast Sir2, in mice to study its function. We show that a majority of SIRT1 null embryos die between E9.5 and E14.5, displaying altered histone modification, impaired DNA damage response, and reduced ability to repair DNA damage. We demonstrate that Sirt1(+/-);p53(+/-) mice develop tumors in multiple tissues, whereas activation of SIRT1 by resveratrol treatment reduces tumorigenesis. Finally, we show that many human cancers exhibit reduced levels of SIRT1 compared to normal controls. Thus, SIRT1 may act as a tumor suppressor through its role in DNA damage response and genome integrity.

Pubmed ID: 18835033


  • Wang RH
  • Sengupta K
  • Li C
  • Kim HS
  • Cao L
  • Xiao C
  • Kim S
  • Xu X
  • Zheng Y
  • Chilton B
  • Jia R
  • Zheng ZM
  • Appella E
  • Wang XW
  • Ried T
  • Deng CX


Cancer cell

Publication Data

October 7, 2008

Associated Grants

  • Agency: Intramural NIH HHS, Id: Z01 DK056007-01

Mesh Terms

  • Animals
  • Anticarcinogenic Agents
  • Cell Cycle
  • Cell Transformation, Neoplastic
  • Cells, Cultured
  • Chromosomal Instability
  • DNA Damage
  • DNA Repair
  • Down-Regulation
  • Embryo, Mammalian
  • Female
  • Gene Expression Regulation, Developmental
  • Gene Expression Regulation, Neoplastic
  • Genomic Instability
  • Gestational Age
  • Heterochromatin
  • Histones
  • Humans
  • Mice
  • Mice, Inbred C57BL
  • Mice, Knockout
  • Mitosis
  • Mutation
  • Neoplasms
  • Sirtuin 1
  • Sirtuins
  • Stilbenes
  • Time Factors
  • Tumor Suppressor Proteins