Dynamic chromatin localization of Sirt6 shapes stress- and aging-related transcriptional networks

PLoS Genet. 2011 Jun;7(6):e1002153. doi: 10.1371/journal.pgen.1002153. Epub 2011 Jun 30.


The sirtuin Sirt6 is a NAD-dependent histone deacetylase that is implicated in gene regulation and lifespan control. Sirt6 can interact with the stress-responsive transcription factor NF-κB and regulate some NF-κB target genes, but the full scope of Sirt6 target genes as well as dynamics of Sirt6 occupancy on chromatin are not known. Here we map Sirt6 occupancy on mouse promoters genome-wide and show that Sirt6 occupancy is highly dynamic in response to TNF-α. More than half of Sirt6 target genes are only revealed upon stress-signaling. The majority of genes bound by NF-κB subunit RelA recruit Sirt6, and dynamic Sirt6 relocalization is largely driven in a RelA-dependent manner. Integrative analysis with global gene expression patterns in wild-type, Sirt6-/-, and double Sirt6-/- RelA-/- cells reveals the epistatic relationships between Sirt6 and RelA in shaping diverse temporal patterns of gene expression. Genes under the direct joint control of Sirt6 and RelA include several with prominent roles in cell senescence and organismal aging. These data suggest dynamic chromatin relocalization of Sirt6 as a key output of NF-κB signaling in stress response and aging.

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Aging / genetics*
  • Animals
  • Cell Line
  • Chromatin / metabolism*
  • Gene Expression Profiling
  • Gene Expression Regulation
  • Gene Regulatory Networks / genetics*
  • Intracellular Space / metabolism
  • Mice
  • Mice, Knockout
  • Models, Genetic
  • Protein Transport / genetics
  • Reproducibility of Results
  • Sirtuins / metabolism*
  • Stress, Physiological / genetics*
  • Transcription Factor RelA / metabolism


  • Chromatin
  • Transcription Factor RelA
  • Sirt6 protein, mouse
  • Sirtuins