SIRT1 and energy metabolism

Xiaoling Li

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Sirtuin 1 (SIRT1) is the most conserved mammalian NAD+-dependent protein deacetylase that has emerged as a key metabolic sensor in various metabolic tissues. In response to different environmental stimuli, SIRT1 directly links the cellular metabolic status to the chromatin structure and the regulation of gene expression, thereby modulating a variety of cellular processes such as energy metabolism and stress response. Recent studies have shown that SIRT1 controls both glucose and lipid metabolism in the liver, promotes fat mobilization and stimulates brown remodeling of the white fat in white adipose tissue, controls insulin secretion in the pancreas, senses nutrient availability in the hypothalamus, influences obesity-induced inflammation in macrophages, and modulates the activity of circadian clock in metabolic tissues. This review focuses on the role of SIRT1 in regulating energy metabolism at different metabolic tissues.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)51-60
Number of pages10
JournalActa Biochimica et Biophysica Sinica
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2013
Externally publishedYes


  • SIRT1
  • aging
  • energy metabolism
  • metabolic sensor
  • nutrients

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biophysics
  • Biochemistry


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