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IDENTIFICATION OF SIRT1 AS A NOVEL REGULATOR OF NFAT5 DEPENDENT ALDOSE REDUCTASE EXPRESSION UNDER OSMOTIC STRESS

 

AHMET CAN TİMUÇİN
Biological Sciences and Bioengineering, PhD Dissertation, 2015

Thesis Jury

Prof. Dr. Hüveyda BAŞAĞA (Thesis Advisor), Assoc. Prof. Dr. Batu ERMAN, Asst. Prof. Dr. Alpay TARALP, Prof. Dr. Uğur SEZERMAN, Asst. Prof. Dr. Özgür KÜTÜK

 

 

Date & Time: July 23th, 2014 –  13:40

Place: FENS L063

Keywords : NFAT5, SIRT1, aldose reductase, osmotic stress, deacetylation

 

Abstract

 

Until now, numerous diverse molecules modulating NFAT5 and its targets have been characterized. Among these widespread NFAT5 modifiers, SIRT1 has been proposed to be a promising candidate to play a role in NFAT5 dependent events, yet the exact machinery still remains inconclusive. Hence, the link between SIRT1 and NFAT5-Aldose Reductase (AR) axis under osmotic stress, was aimed to be delineated in this thesis. A unique osmotic stress model was generated and its mechanistic components were deciphered in U937 monocytes. In this model, AR expression and stabilization of nuclear NFAT5, were revealed to be positively regulated by SIRT1, through utilization of pharmacological modulators. Overexpression and co-transfection studies of NFAT5 and SIRT1, further validated the contribution of SIRT1 on AR and NFAT5. Involvement of SIRT1 activity in these events was mediated via modification of DNA binding of NFAT5 to AR ORE region. Besides, NFAT5 and SIRT1 were also shown to co-immunoprecipitate under isosmotic conditions and this interaction was disrupted by osmotic stress. Subsequently, in silico experiments were conducted for investigating if SIRT1 directly targets NFAT5. In this regard, certain lysine residues of NFAT5, when kept deacetylated, were found to contribute to its DNA binding and SIRT1 was shown to directly bind K282 of NFAT5. Based on in vitro and in silico findings, SIRT1 was identified, for the first time, as a novel contributor to NFAT5 dependent AR expression under osmotic stress.