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Curr Drug Targets. 2013 Jun 1;14(6):622-36.

Sirtuins as possible drug targets in type 2 diabetes.

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Division of Diabetology & Endocrinology, Kanazawa Medical University, Kahoku-Gun, Ishikawa Prefecture 920-0293, Japan.

Abstract

The rising incidence of type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) is a major public health problem in industrialized countries, and new therapeutic strategies to prevent T2DM are urgently needed worldwide. It is well known that calorie restriction (CR) can retard the aging process in organisms ranging from yeast to rodents and delay the onset of numerous age-related diseases, including diabetes. Molecules that mimic CR metabolically may therefore represent new therapeutic targets for T2DM. Sirtuin1 (SIRT1), the mammalian homolog of Sir2, was originally identified as a NAD+-dependent histone deacetylase, and its activity is closely associated with longevity under CR. Growing evidence suggests that SIRT1 regulates glucose-lipid metabolism through its deacetylase activity for many known substrates and has many roles in the metabolic pathway through its direct or indirect involvement in insulin signaling in insulin-sensitive organs, including adipose tissue, liver and skeletal muscle. In addition, SIRT1 regulates insulin secretion, and adiponectin production, inflammation, gluconeogenesis, circadian rhythms and oxidative stress, which together contribute to the development of insulin resistance. Moreover, the overexpression of SIRT1 and several SIRT1 activators have beneficial effects on glucose homeostasis and insulin sensitivity in diabetic animal models and humans. Therefore, SIRT1 may represent a new therapeutic target for the prevention of diseases related to insulin resistance and T2DM. In addition, SIRT3 and SIRT6 play crucial roles in glucose and lipid metabolism. In this review, we summarize the current understanding of the biological functions of SIRT1, SIRT3 and SIRT6 in metabolism and discuss their potential role as therapeutic targets in T2DM.

PMID:
23445543
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