We previously generated DT40 cells in which both alleles of the SIRT6 gene were inactivated by gene targeting, and tested the sensitivity of these cell lines towards DNA damaging agents. In contrast to earlier reports of studies using SIRT6-deficient murine embryonic stem cells, no defects in DNA repair could be identified in this B cell line. Gene expression microarray data indicated, however, that SIRT6 is important for the control of global gene expression. Hundreds of genes were misregulated, and chromatin immunoprecipitation (ChIP) experiments link this observation to changes in histone acetylation patterns. The identification of primary targets of SIRT6 by ChIP-Sequencing suggested that a broad range of genes is regulated by SIRT6. We are in the process of verifying SIRT6 targets using individula ChIP assays. In addition, we continued a collaboration to identify small molecule compounds that can regulate SIRT6 enzyme activity in vitro and in vivo, and to determine their mode of action.
|Yasuda, M; Wilson, D R; Fugmann, S D et al. (2011) Synthesis and characterization of SIRT6 protein coated magnetic beads: identification of a novel inhibitor of SIRT6 deacetylase from medicinal plant extracts. Anal Chem 83:7400-7|