Molecular Biology Reports

, Volume 40, Issue 4, pp 3373–3380 | Cite as

SIRT1 interacts with metabolic transcriptional factors in the pancreas of insulin-resistant and calorie-restricted rats

  • Yong-Ru Chen
  • Yu-lin Lai
  • Shao-da Lin
  • Xi-tao Li
  • Yu-Cai Fu
  • Wen-Can Xu


Sirtuin 1 (SIRT1) is one member of the silent information regulator 2 (Sir2)-like family of proteins involved in glucose homeostasis in mammals. It has been reported that SIRT1 modulates endocrine signaling of glucose and fat homeostasis by regulating transcription factors such as forkhead transcription factor 3a (FOXO3a), glucose transporter 4 (GLUT4), peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor gamma (PPARγ) and PPARγ coactivator (PGC-1α). However, it is still not clear how SIRT1 is involved in the development of insulin resistance. To determine the location and expression of SIRT1 and its target proteins in rats and analyze the interactions and functions of these proteins in insulin resistance. Forty-eight male Sprague–Dawley rats were randomly divided into four regimen groups: normal control (NC), calorie restriction (CR), high-fat (HFa), and high-fructose (HFr). Animals were fed for 12 weeks and blood samples collected from tail veins at weeks 2, 4, 6, 8 and 12 after fasting for 16 h. Baseline metabolic parameters such as fasting blood sugar, insulin, cholesterol and triglycerides were analyzed. A glucose tolerance test was carried out at the end of the study. Visceral fat, consisting of epididymis and perirenal fat, was isolated and weighed. The pancreas from each animal was also immediately removed. Immunohistochemical staining was performed to detect the locations of SIRT1, FOXO3a, GLUT4, PPARγ and PGC-1α in the β-cell of the rat pancreas. Expression in the pancreas was analyzed by western blotting. Blood biochemical analysis indicated that the HFa and HFr groups were insulin-resistant. Immunohistochemical staining showed that GLUT4 was a nuclear protein. SIRT1, FOXO3a, PPARγ and PGC-1α were present in both the nucleus and the cytoplasm of β-cells of pancreatic islets. The expression of SIRT1, GLUT4 and PGC-1α increased significantly in response to CR, but decreased in the HFr and HFa groups. FOXO3a was similar in the CR and the NC groups, whereas it declined in the HFa and HFr groups. PPARγ was elevated in the HFa group, but dropped in the CR and HFr groups. These data suggest that SIRT1 and its regulators are involved in the development of insulin resistance.


SIRT1 expression High fructose diet High fat diet Caloric restriction Insulin resistance Rat 



This work was supported by the Natural Science Foundation of Guangdong Province (Project No. 10151503102000017 and S2012010009336) and the Science and Technology Planning Project of Guangdong Province (Project No. 2011B031800322).


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Yong-Ru Chen
    • 3
  • Yu-lin Lai
    • 1
  • Shao-da Lin
    • 1
  • Xi-tao Li
    • 1
  • Yu-Cai Fu
    • 2
  • Wen-Can Xu
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of EndocrinologyThe First Affiliated Hospital of Shantou University Medical CollegeShantouChina
  2. 2.Department of Cell SenescenceShantou University Medical CollegeShantouChina
  3. 3.Intensive Care Unit (ICU)The First Affiliated Hospital of Shantou University Medical CollegeShantouChina

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