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Family: SIR2 (PF02146)

Summary: Sir2 family

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Sir2 family
Crystallographic structure of yeast sir2 (rainbow colored cartoon, N-terminus = blue, C-terminus = red) complexed with ADP (space-filling model, carbon = white, oxygen = red, nitrogen = blue, phosphorus = orange) and a histone H4 peptide (magenta) containing an acylated lysine residue (displayed as spheres).[1]
Symbol SIR2
Pfam PF02146
Pfam clan CL0085
InterPro IPR003000
SCOP 1j8f

Sirtuin or Sir2 proteins are a class of proteins that possess either mono-ADP-ribosyltransferase, or deacylase activity, including deacetylase, desuccinylase, demalonylase, demyristoylase and depalmitoylase activity.[2][3][4][5] Sirtuins regulate important biological pathways in bacteria, archaea and eukaryotes. The name Sir2 comes from the yeast gene 'silent mating-type information regulation 2',[6] the gene responsible for cellular regulation in yeast.

Sirtuins have been implicated in influencing a wide range of cellular processes like aging, transcription, apoptosis, inflammation[7] and stress resistance, as well as energy efficiency and alertness during low-calorie situations.[8] Sirtuins can also control circadian clocks and mitochondrial biogenesis.

Yeast Sir2 and some, but not all, sirtuins are protein deacetylases. Unlike other known protein deacetylases, which simply hydrolyze acetyl-lysine residues, the sirtuin-mediated deacetylation reaction couples lysine deacetylation to NAD hydrolysis. This hydrolysis yields O-acetyl-ADP-ribose, the deacetylated substrate and nicotinamide, itself an inhibitor of sirtuin activity. The dependence of sirtuins on NAD links their enzymatic activity directly to the energy status of the cell via the cellular NAD:NADH ratio, the absolute levels of NAD, NADH or nicotinamide or a combination of these variables.

Species distribution

Whereas bacteria and archaea encode either one or two sirtuins, eukaryotes encode several sirtuins in their genomes. In yeast, roundworms, and fruitflies, sir2 is the name of the sirtuin-type protein.[9] This research started in 1991 by Leonard Guarente of MIT.[10][11] Mammals possess seven sirtuins (SIRT1-7) that occupy different subcellular compartments such as the nucleus (SIRT1, -2, -6, -7), cytoplasm (SIRT1 and SIRT2) and the mitochondria (SIRT3, -4 and -5).


The first sirtuin was identified in yeast (a lower eukaryote) and named sir2. In more complex mammals, there are seven known enzymes that act in cellular regulation, as sir2 does in yeast. These genes are designated as belonging to different classes, depending on their amino acid sequence structure.[12][13] Several Gram positive prokaryotes as well as the Gram negative hyperthermophilic bacterium Thermotoga maritima possess sirtuins that are intermediate in sequence between classes. These are placed in class U.[12]

Class Subclass Species Intracellular
Activity Function
Bacteria Yeast Mouse Human
I a Sir2 or Sir2p,
Hst1 or Hst1p
Sirt1 SIRT1 nucleus, cytoplasm deacetylase metabolism
b Hst2 or Hst2p Sirt2 SIRT2 cytoplasm deacetylase cell cycle,
Sirt3 SIRT3 nucleus and
deacetylase metabolism
c Hst3 or Hst3p,
Hst4 or Hst4p
II Sirt4 SIRT4 mitochondria ADP-ribosyl
insulin secretion
III Sirt5 SIRT5 mitochondria demalonylase, desuccinylase and deacetylase ammonia detoxification
IV a Sirt6 SIRT6 nucleus Demyristoylase, depalmitoylase, ADP-ribosyl
transferase and deacetylase
DNA repair,
TNF secretion
b Sirt7 SIRT7 nucleolus deacetylase rDNA
U cobB[14] regulation of
acetyl-CoA synthetase[15]

Sirtuin list based on North/Verdin diagram.[16]

Clinical significance

Sirtuin activity is inhibited by nicotinamide, which binds to a specific receptor site,[17] so it is thought that drugs that interfere with this binding should increase sirtuin activity. Development of new agents that would specifically block the nicotinamide-binding site could provide an avenue for development of newer agents to treat degenerative diseases such as cancer, Alzheimer's, diabetes, atherosclerosis, and gout.[18][19][1]


SIRT1 deacetylates and coactivates the retinoic acid receptor beta that upregulates the expression of alpha-secretase (ADAM10). Alpha-secretase in turn suppresses beta-amyloid production. Furthermore, ADAM10 activation by SIRT1 also induces the Notch signaling pathway, which is known to repair neuronal damage in the brain.[20]


Sirtuins have been proposed as a chemotherapeutic target for type II diabetes mellitus.[21]


Preliminary studies with resveratrol, a possible SIRT1 activator, have led some scientists to speculate that resveratrol may extend lifespan.[22] Further experiments conducted by Rafael de Cabo et al. showed that resveratrol-mimicking drugs such as SRT1720 could extend the lifespan of obese mice by 44%.[23] Comparable molecules are now undergoing clinical trials in humans.

Cell culture research into the behaviour of the human sirtuin SIRT1 shows that it behaves like the yeast sirtuin Sir2: SIRT2 assists in the repair of DNA and regulates genes that undergo altered expression with age.[24] Adding resveratrol to the diet of mice inhibit gene expression profiles associated with muscle aging and age-related cardiac dysfunction.[25]

A study performed on transgenic mice overexpressing SIRT6, showed an increased lifespan of about 15% in males. The transgenic males displayed lower serum levels of insulin-like growth factor 1 (IGF1) and changes in its metabolism, which may have contributed to the increased lifespan.[26]

See also


  1. ^ PDB 1szd; Zhao K, Harshaw R, Chai X, Marmorstein R (June 2004). "Structural basis for nicotinamide cleavage and ADP-ribose transfer by NAD(+)-dependent Sir2 histone/protein deacetylases". Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. U.S.A. 101 (23): 8563–8. doi:10.1073/pnas.0401057101. PMC 423234. PMID 15150415. 
  2. ^ North BJ, Verdin E (2004). "Sirtuins: Sir2-related NAD-dependent protein deacetylases". Genome Biol. 5 (5): 224. doi:10.1186/gb-2004-5-5-224. PMC 416462. PMID 15128440. 
  3. ^ Yamamoto H, Schoonjans K, Auwerx J (August 2007). "Sirtuin functions in health and disease". Mol. Endocrinol. 21 (8): 1745–55. doi:10.1210/me.2007-0079. PMID 17456799. 
  4. ^ Du J, Zhou Y, Su X, Yu JJ, Khan S, Jiang H, Kim J, Woo J, Kim JH, Choi BH, He B, Chen W, Zhang S, Cerione RA, Auwerx J, Hao Q, Lin H. (2011). "Sirt5 is a NAD-dependent protein lysine demalonylase and desuccinylase.". Science 334 (6057): 806–809. doi:10.1126/science.1207861. PMC 3217313. PMID 22076378. 
  5. ^ Jiang H, Khan S, Wang Y, Charron G, He B, Sebastian C, Du J, Kim R, Ge E, Mostoslavsky R, Hang HC, Hao Q, Lin H. (2013). "SIRT6 regulates TNF-α secretion through hydrolysis of long-chain fatty acyl lysine.". Nature 496 (7443): 110–113. doi:10.1038/nature12038. PMC 3635073. PMID 23552949. 
  6. ^ EntrezGene 23410
  7. ^ Preyat N, Leo O. (2013). "Sirtuin deacylases: a molecular link between metabolism and immunity.". J. Leuk. Biol. 93 (5): 669–680. doi:10.1189/jlb.1112557. PMID 23325925. 
  8. ^ Satoh A, Brace CS, Ben-Josef G, West T, Wozniak DF, Holtzman DM, Herzog ED, Imai S. (2010). "SIRT1 Promotes the Central Adaptive Response to Diet Restriction through Activation of the Dorsomedial and Lateral Nuclei of the Hypothalamus.". Journal of Neuroscience 30 (30): 10220–32. doi:10.1523/JNEUROSCI.1385-10.2010. PMC 2922851. PMID 20668205. 
  9. ^ Blander G, Guarente L (2004). "The Sir2 family of protein deacetylases". Annu. Rev. Biochem. 73 (1): 417–35. doi:10.1146/annurev.biochem.73.011303.073651. PMID 15189148. 
  10. ^ Wade N (2006-11-08). "The quest for a way around aging". Health & Science. International Herald Tribune. Retrieved 2008-11-30. 
  11. ^ "MIT researchers uncover new information about anti-aging gene". Massachusetts Institute of Technology, News Office. 2000-02-16. Retrieved 2008-11-30. 
  12. ^ a b Frye R (2000). "Phylogenetic classification of prokaryotic and eukaryotic Sir2-like proteins". Biochem Biophys Res Commun 273 (2): 793–8. doi:10.1006/bbrc.2000.3000. PMID 10873683. 
  13. ^ Dryden S, Nahhas F, Nowak J, Goustin A, Tainsky M (2003). "Role for human SIRT2 NAD-dependent deacetylase activity in control of mitotic exit in the cell cycle". Mol Cell Biol 23 (9): 3173–85. doi:10.1128/MCB.23.9.3173-3185.2003. PMC 153197. PMID 12697818. 
  14. ^ Zhao K, Chai X, Marmorstein R (March 2004). "Structure and substrate binding properties of cobB, a Sir2 homolog protein deacetylase from Escherichia coli". J. Mol. Biol. 337 (3): 731–41. doi:10.1016/j.jmb.2004.01.060. PMID 15019790. 
  15. ^ Schwer B, Verdin E (February 2008). "Conserved metabolic regulatory functions of sirtuins". Cell Metab. 7 (2): 104–12. doi:10.1016/j.cmet.2007.11.006. PMID 18249170. 
  16. ^ North B, Verdin E (2004). "Sirtuins: Sir2-related NAD-dependent protein deacetylases". Genome Biol 5 (5): 224. doi:10.1186/gb-2004-5-5-224. PMC 416462. PMID 15128440. 
  17. ^ Avalos JL, Bever KM, Wolberger C (March 2005). "Mechanism of sirtuin inhibition by nicotinamide: altering the NAD(+) cosubstrate specificity of a Sir2 enzyme". Mol. Cell 17 (6): 855–68. doi:10.1016/j.molcel.2005.02.022. PMID 15780941. 
  18. ^ Adams JD Jr, Klaidman LK (2008). "Sirtuins, Nicotinamide and Aging: A Critical Review". Letters in Drug Design & Discovery 4 (1): 44–48. doi:10.2174/157018007778992892. 
  19. ^ Taylor DM, Maxwell MM, Luthi-Carter R, Kazantsev AG (September 2008). "Biological and Potential Therapeutic Roles of Sirtuin Deacetylases". Cell. Mol. Life Sci. 65 (24): 4000–18. doi:10.1007/s00018-008-8357-y. PMID 18820996. 
  20. ^ Donmez G, Wang D, Cohen DE, Guarente L (July 2010). "SIRT1 suppresses beta-amyloid production by activating the alpha-secretase gene ADAM10". Cell 142 (2): 320–32. doi:10.1016/j.cell.2010.06.020. PMC 2911635. PMID 20655472. 
  21. ^ Milne JC, Lambert PD, Schenk S, Carney DP, Smith JJ, Gagne DJ, Jin L, Boss O, Perni RB, Vu CB, Bemis JE, Xie R, Disch JS, Ng PY, Nunes JJ, Lynch AV, Yang H, Galonek H, Israelian K, Choy W, Iffland A, Lavu S, Medvedik O, Sinclair DA, Olefsky JM, Jirousek MR, Elliott PJ, Westphal CH (November 2007). "Small molecule activators of SIRT1 as therapeutics for the treatment of type 2 diabetes". Nature 450 (7170): 712–6. doi:10.1038/nature06261. PMC 2753457. PMID 18046409. 
  22. ^ Wade N (2008-06-04). "New Hints Seen That Red Wine May Slow Aging". Retrieved 2008-11-30. 
  23. ^ Wade N (2011-08-18). "Longer Lives for Obese Mice, With Hope for Humans of All Sizes". Retrieved 2012-05-13. 
  24. ^ Oberdoerffer P, Michan S, McVay M, Mostoslavsky R, Vann J, Park SK, Hartlerode A, Stegmuller J, Hafner A, Loerch P, Wright SM, Mills KD, Bonni A, Yankner BA, Scully R, Prolla TA, Alt FW, Sinclair DA (November 2008). "SIRT1 redistribution on chromatin promotes genomic stability but alters gene expression during aging". Cell 135 (5): 907–18. doi:10.1016/j.cell.2008.10.025. PMC 2853975. PMID 19041753. 
  25. ^ Barger JL, Kayo T, Vann JM, Arias EB, Wang J, Hacker TA, Wang Y, Raederstorff D, Morrow JD, Leeuwenburgh C, Allison DB, Saupe KW, Cartee GD, Weindruch R, Prolla TA (2008). "A low dose of dietary resveratrol partially mimics caloric restriction and retards aging parameters in mice". In Tomé, Daniel. PLoS ONE 3 (6): e2264. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0002264. PMC 2386967. PMID 18523577. 
  26. ^ Kanfi, Yariv; Naiman, Shoshana; Amir, Gail; Peshti, Victoria; Zinman, Guy; Nahum, Liat; Bar-Joseph, Ziv; Cohen, Haim Y. (2012). "The sirtuin SIRT6 regulates lifespan in male mice". Nature 483 (7388): 218–21. doi:10.1038/nature10815. ISSN 0028-0836. PMID 22367546. 

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This region is characteristic of Silent information regulator 2 (Sir2) proteins, or sirtuins. These are protein deacetylases that depend on nicotine adenine dinucleotide (NAD). They are found in many subcellular locations, including the nucleus, cytoplasm and mitochondria. Eukaryotic forms play in important role in the regulation of transcriptional repression. Moreover, they are involved in microtubule organisation and DNA damage repair processes [1].

Literature references

  1. North BJ, Verdin E; , Genome Biol 2004;5:224.: Sirtuins: Sir2-related NAD-dependent protein deacetylases. PUBMED:15128440 EPMC:15128440

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InterPro entry IPR003000

These sequences represent the Sirtuin (Sir2-related) family of NAD+-dependent deacetylases. This family of enzymes is broadly conserved from bacteria to humans. In yeast, Sir2 proteins form complexes with other proteins to silence chromatin by accessing histones and deacetylating them. Sir2 proteins have been proposed to play a role in silencing, chromosome stability and ageing [PUBMED:7498786]. The bacterial enzyme CobB, an homologue of Sir2, is a phosphoribosyltransferase [PUBMED:9822644]. An in vitro ADP ribosyltransferase activity has also been associated with human members of this family [PUBMED:10381378]. Sir2-like enzymes employ NAD+ as a cosubstrate in deacetylation reactions [PUBMED:11747420] and catalyse a reaction in which the cleavage of NAD(+)and histone and/or protein deacetylation are coupled to the formation of O-acetyl-ADP-ribose, a novel metabolite. The dependence of the reaction on both NAD(+) and the generation of this potential second messenger offers new clues to understanding the function and regulation of nuclear, cytoplasmic and mitochondrial Sir2-like enzymes [PUBMED:12517451].

Silent Information Regulator protein of Saccharomyces cerevisiae (Sir2) is one of several factors critical for silencing at least three loci. Among them, it is unique because it silences the rDNA as well as the mating type loci and telomeres [PUBMED:10219245]. Sir2 interacts in a complex with itself and with Sir3 and Sir4, two proteins that are able to interact with nucleosomes. In addition Sir2 also interacts with ubiquitination factors and/or complexes [PUBMED:9214640].

Homologues of Sir2 share a core domain including the GAG and NID motifs and a putative C4 Zinc finger. The regions containing these three conserved motifs are individually essential for Sir2 silencing function, as are the four cysteins [PUBMED:10473645]. In addition, the conserved residues HG next to the putative Zn finger have been shown to be essential for the ADP ribosyltransferase activity [PUBMED:10381378].

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Pfam Clan

This family is a member of clan FAD_DHS (CL0085), which has the following description:

The members of this family adopt a Rossmann fold, similar to CLAN:CL0063. However, the members of this family are distinguished in that the FAD/NAD cofactor is bound in the opposite direction. In this arrangement, the adenosine moiety is found bound at the second half of the fold. In addition, the conserved GxGxxG motif found in classical NADP binding Rossmann folds is absent. Finally, another distinguishing characteristic is the formation of an internal hydrogen bond in the FAD molecule [1].

The clan contains the following 7 members:

CO_dh DS ETF_alpha PNTB SIR2 SIR2_2 TPP_enzyme_M


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Seed source: IPR003000
Previous IDs: none
Type: Family
Author: Mian N, Bateman A
Number in seed: 20
Number in full: 5869
Average length of the domain: 172.30 aa
Average identity of full alignment: 31 %
Average coverage of the sequence by the domain: 58.89 %

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Gathering cut-off 20.6 20.6
Trusted cut-off 20.6 20.6
Noise cut-off 20.4 20.5
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Family (HMM) version: 12
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