A SIRT1-LSD1 Corepressor Complex Regulates Notch Target Gene Expression and Development

Peter Mulligan, Fajun Yang, Luisa Di Stefano, Jun Yuan Ji, Jian Ouyang, Joy L. Nishikawa, Debra Toiber, Madhura Kulkarni, Qun Wang, S. Hani Najafi-Shoushtari, Raul Mostoslavsky, Steven P. Gygi, Grace Gill, Nicholas J. Dyson, Anders M. Näär

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Epigenetic regulation of gene expression by histone-modifying corepressor complexes is central to normal animal development. The NAD+-dependent deacetylase and gene repressor SIRT1 removes histone H4K16 acetylation marks and facilitates heterochromatin formation. However, the mechanistic contribution of SIRT1 to epigenetic regulation at euchromatic loci and whether it acts in concert with other chromatin-modifying activities to control developmental gene expression programs remain unclear. We describe here a SIRT1 corepressor complex containing the histone H3K4 demethylase LSD1/KDM1A and several other LSD1-associated proteins. SIRT1 and LSD1 interact directly and play conserved and concerted roles in H4K16 deacetylation and H3K4 demethylation to repress genes regulated by the Notch signaling pathway. Mutations in Drosophila SIRT1 and LSD1 orthologs result in similar developmental phenotypes and genetically interact with the Notch pathway in Drosophila. These findings offer new insights into conserved mechanisms of epigenetic gene repression and regulation of development by SIRT1 in metazoans.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)689-699
Number of pages11
JournalMolecular Cell
Issue number5
StatePublished - Jun 10 2011
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Molecular Biology
  • Cell Biology


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