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International Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease
Volume 2012 (2012), Article ID 509529, 3 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2012/509529
Review Article

The Effects of SIRT1 on Alzheimer's Disease Models

Department of Neuroscience, Tufts University School of Medicine, Boston, MA 02111, USA

Received 2 July 2012; Accepted 20 November 2012

Academic Editor: Francesco Panza

Copyright © 2012 Gizem Donmez. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

Sirtuins are highly conserved NAD+-dependent enzymes that were shown to have beneficial effects against age-related diseases. Aging is the major risk factor for all neurodegenerative disorders including Alzheimer’s Disease (AD). Sirtuins have been widely studied in the context of AD using different mouse models. In most of these studies, overexpression of SIRT1 has been shown to have protective effects against AD. Therefore, designing therapeutics based on increasing SIRT1 activity might be important for investigating the ways of treatment for this disease. This paper summarizes the recent research on the effect of SIRT1 in AD animal models and also the potential of SIRT1 being a therapeutical target for AD.