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Mech Ageing Dev. 2005 Oct;126(10):1097-105.

The Sirt1 deacetylase modulates the insulin-like growth factor signaling pathway in mammals.

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Ottawa Regional Cancer Centre and Department of Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, 501 Smyth Road, University of Ottawa, Ottawa, Canada K1H 1C4.


The lifespan of the nematode, Caenorhabditis elegans, can be extended by mutations affecting components of the insulin-like growth factor (IGF) signaling cascade or by overexpression of SIR2, an NAD+-dependent protein deacetylase. The mammalian homologue of SIR2, Sirt1, has been shown to modulate the activity of FoxO, a transcription factor that is downstream of the IGF signaling system. These results suggest that Sirt1 ought to affect the IGF pathway. We report here evidence that this is the case in mice. The loss of Sirt1 protein in mice results in increased expression of the IGF binding protein IGFBP1, a secreted modulator of IGF function. A number of the anatomical characteristics of Sirt1-null mice closely resemble those of transgenic mice overexpressing IGFBP1. Our data suggest that Sirt1 is part of a regulatory loop that limits the production of IGFBP1 thereby modulating IGF signaling.

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