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Sci. STKE, 6 January 2004
Vol. 2004, Issue 214, p. tw13
[DOI: 10.1126/stke.2142004tw13]


HISTONE DEACETYLASE Making Yeast Live Longer

Calorie restriction enhances longevity in many organisms. In yeast, this response involves Sir2, a histone deacetylase. It has not been clear if Sir2 is directly activated by nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide (NAD+), or if depletion of the Sir2 inhibitor nicotinamide is responsible for its apparent activation. Using in vivo nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy to quantify levels of total free NAD+ in cells, Anderson et al. observed that calorie restriction reduced cellular NAD+ levels in yeast. These results suggest that food deprivation does not activate Sir2 by increasing the availability of this small molecule.

R. M. Anderson, M. Latorre-Esteves, A. R. Neves, S. Lavu, O. Medvedik, C. Taylor, K. T. Howitz, H. Santos, D. A. Sinclair, Yeast life-span extension by calorie restriction is independent of NAD fluctuation. Science 302, 2124-2126 (2003). [Abstract] [Full Text]

Citation: Making Yeast Live Longer. Sci. STKE 2004, tw13 (2004).

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