Sirtuins (SIRT) are coenzyme NAD+-dependent histone deacetylases for the transfer of modified acetyl groups. Sirtuins are widely involved in various physiological processes and therefore associated with cardiovascular disease, diabetes, Parkinson's disease, cancer and beyond. Consequently, the development of modulators for sirtuins has considerable clinical value. To date, a variety of SIRT1/2 inhibitors have been reported and none has been approved for the market. This review summarizes the recent progress in the discovery and development of SIRT1/2 inhibitors including their inhibitory potency, structure-activity relationship and binding mode analysis as well as discusses the perspective for the future development of SIRT1/2 inhibitors.
Keywords: SIRT1; SIRT2; inhibitors; progress; sirtuins.