SIRT1 in cardiovascular aging

Clin Chim Acta. 2014 Nov 1;437:106-14. doi: 10.1016/j.cca.2014.07.019. Epub 2014 Jul 22.


Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is the leading cause of death worldwide, with aging as the key independent risk factor. Effective interventions are necessary to delay aging. Sirtuin1 (SIRT1), a NAD(+)-dependent histone deacetylase, is closely related to lifespan extension. SIRT1 exerts beneficial effects on aging and age-related diseases, such as atherosclerosis. In this review, we summarize the current knowledge on the functions of SIRT1 in cardiovascular aging, focusing on the underlying molecular mechanisms, including inhibition of oxidative stress and inflammation, and induction of autophagy. We also demonstrate that moderate up-regulation or activation of SIRT1 in cardiovascular aging and age-related CVD may confer important application values.

Keywords: Anti-aging strategies; Autophagy; Cardiovascular aging; Inflammation; Oxidative stress; SIRT1.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Aging / metabolism*
  • Aging / pathology
  • Animals
  • Cardiovascular Diseases / diagnosis
  • Cardiovascular Diseases / metabolism*
  • Cardiovascular System / metabolism*
  • Cardiovascular System / pathology
  • Humans
  • Oxidative Stress / physiology
  • Sirtuin 1 / biosynthesis*


  • SIRT1 protein, human
  • Sirtuin 1