Send to

Choose Destination
Genes Dev. 2006 May 15;20(10):1256-61. Epub 2006 Apr 28.

SirT2 is a histone deacetylase with preference for histone H4 Lys 16 during mitosis.

Author information

Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Piscataway, NJ 08854, USA.


The mammalian cytoplasmic protein SirT2 is a member of the Sir2 family of NAD+-dependent protein deacetylases involved in caloric restriction-dependent life span extension. We found that SirT2 and its yeast counterpart Hst2 have a strong preference for histone H4K16Ac in their deacetylation activity in vitro and in vivo. We have pinpointed the decrease in global levels of H4K16Ac during the mammalian cell cycle to the G2/M transition that coincides with SirT2 localization on chromatin. Mouse embryonic fibroblasts (MEFs) deficient for SirT2 show higher levels of H4K16Ac in mitosis, in contrast to the normal levels exhibited by SirT1-deficient MEFs. The enzymatic conversion of H4K16Ac to its deacetylated form may be pivotal to the formation of condensed chromatin. Thus, SirT2 is a major contributor to this enzymatic conversion at the time in the cell's life cycle when condensed chromatin must be generated anew.

[Indexed for MEDLINE]
Free PMC Article

Supplemental Content

Full text links

Icon for HighWire Icon for PubMed Central
Loading ...
Support Center