Sirt6 alters adult hippocampal neurogenesis

PLoS One. 2017 Jun 23;12(6):e0179681. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0179681. eCollection 2017.


Sirtuins are pleiotropic NAD+ dependent histone deacetylases involved in metabolism, DNA damage repair, inflammation and stress resistance. SIRT6, a member of the sirtuin family, regulates the process of normal aging and increases the lifespan of male mice over-expressing Sirt6 by 15%. Neurogenesis, the formation of new neurons within the hippocampus of adult mammals, involves several complex stages including stem cell proliferation, differentiation, migration and network integration. During aging, the number of newly generated neurons continuously declines, and this is correlated with a decline in neuronal plasticity and cognitive behavior. In this study we investigated the involvement of SIRT6 in adult hippocampal neurogenesis. Mice over-expressing Sirt6 exhibit increased numbers of young neurons and decreased numbers of mature neurons, without affecting glial differentiation. This implies of an involvement of SIRT6 in neuronal differentiation and maturation within the hippocampus. This work adds to the expanding body of knowledge on the regulatory mechanisms underlying adult hippocampal neurogenesis, and describes novel roles for SIRT6 as a regulator of cell fate during adult hippocampal neurogenesis.

MeSH terms

  • Analysis of Variance
  • Animals
  • Astrocytes / cytology
  • Astrocytes / metabolism
  • Blotting, Western
  • Bromodeoxyuridine
  • Cell Count
  • Cerebral Cortex / cytology
  • Cerebral Cortex / growth & development
  • Cerebral Cortex / metabolism
  • DNA-Binding Proteins
  • Doublecortin Domain Proteins
  • Fluorescent Antibody Technique
  • Hippocampus / cytology
  • Hippocampus / growth & development
  • Hippocampus / metabolism*
  • Male
  • Mice, Inbred C57BL
  • Mice, Transgenic
  • Microtubule-Associated Proteins / metabolism
  • Nerve Tissue Proteins / metabolism
  • Neurogenesis / physiology*
  • Neurons / cytology
  • Neurons / metabolism*
  • Neuropeptides / metabolism
  • Nuclear Proteins / metabolism
  • Organ Size
  • S100 Calcium Binding Protein beta Subunit / metabolism
  • Sirtuins / genetics
  • Sirtuins / metabolism*


  • DNA-Binding Proteins
  • Doublecortin Domain Proteins
  • Microtubule-Associated Proteins
  • Nerve Tissue Proteins
  • NeuN protein, mouse
  • Neuropeptides
  • Nuclear Proteins
  • S100 Calcium Binding Protein beta Subunit
  • S100b protein, mouse
  • Sirt6 protein, mouse
  • Sirtuins
  • Bromodeoxyuridine

Grant support

This work was funded and carried out in the Paul Feder Laboratory on Alzheimer's disease research.