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PLoS One. 2014 Feb 21;9(2):e87367. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0087367. eCollection 2014.

Neurological and histological consequences induced by in vivo cerebral oxidative stress: evidence for beneficial effects of SRT1720, a sirtuin 1 activator, and sirtuin 1-mediated neuroprotective effects of poly(ADP-ribose) polymerase inhibition.

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Université Paris Descartes, Pharmacologie de la Circulation Cérébrale - EA4475, Faculté des Sciences Pharmaceutiques et Biologiques, Paris, France.


Poly(ADP-ribose)polymerase and sirtuin 1 are both NAD(+)-dependent enzymes. In vitro oxidative stress activates poly(ADP-ribose)polymerase, decreases NAD(+) level, sirtuin 1 activity and finally leads to cell death. Poly(ADP-ribose)polymerase hyperactivation contributes to cell death. In addition, poly(ADP-ribose)polymerase inhibition restores NAD(+) level and sirtuin 1 activity in vitro. In vitro sirtuin 1 induction protects neurons from cell loss induced by oxidative stress. In this context, the role of sirtuin 1 and its involvement in beneficial effects of poly(ADP-ribose)polymerase inhibition were evaluated in vivo in a model of cerebral oxidative stress induced by intrastriatal infusion of malonate in rat. Malonate promoted a NAD(+) decrease that was not prevented by 3-aminobenzamide, a poly(ADP-ribose)polymerase inhibitor, at 4 and 24 hours. However, 3-aminobenzamide increased nuclear SIRT1 activity/expression ratio after oxidative stress. Malonate induced a neurological deficit associated with a striatal lesion. Both were reduced by 3-aminobenzamide and SRT1720, a sirtuin 1 activator, showing beneficial effects of poly(ADP-ribose)polymerase inhibition and sirtuin 1 activation on oxidative stress consequences. EX527, a sirtuin 1 inhibitor, given alone, modified neither the score nor the lesion, suggesting that endogenous sirtuin 1 was not activated during cerebral oxidative stress. However, its association with 3-aminobenzamide suppressed the neurological improvement and the lesion reduction induced by 3-aminobenzamide. The association of 3-aminobenzamide with SRT1720, the sirtuin 1 activator, did not lead to a better protection than 3-aminobenzamide alone. The present data represent the first demonstration that the sirtuin 1 activator SRT1720 is neuroprotective during in vivo cerebral oxidative stress. Furthermore sirtuin 1 activation is involved in the beneficial effects of poly(ADP-ribose)polymerase inhibition after in vivo cerebral oxidative stress.

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