Cellular and molecular effects of sirtuins in health and disease.

Sirtuins are NAD+-dependent protein deacetylases that are broadly conserved from bacteria to humans. Because sirtuins extend the lifespan of yeast, worms and flies, much attention has been paid to their mammalian homologues. Recent studies have revealed diverse physiological functions of sirtuins that are essentially similar to those of their yeast… CONTINUE READING