SIRT1 inhibition-induced senescence as a strategy to prevent prostate cancer progression

Shih Bo Huang, Paul Rivas, Xiaoyu Yang, Zhao Lai, Yidong Chen, Keri L. Schadler, Ming Hu, Robert L. Reddick, Rita Ghosh, Addanki P. Kumar

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Emerging evidence suggests an important role for SIRT1, a nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide (NAD)-dependent deacetylase in cancer development, progression and therapeutic resistance; making it a viable therapeutic target. Here, we examined the impact of resveratrol-mediated pharmacological activation of SIRT1 on the progression of HGPIN lesions (using the Pten−/− mouse model) and on prostate tumor development (using an orthotopic model of prostate cancer cells stably silenced for SIRT1). We show that precise SIRT1 modulation could benefit both cancer prevention and treatment. Positive effect of SIRT1 activation can prevent Pten deletion-driven development of HGPIN lesions in mice if resveratrol is administered early (pre-cancer stage) with little to no benefit after the establishment of HGPIN lesions or tumor cell implantation. Mechanistically, our results show that under androgen deprivation conditions, SIRT1 inhibition induces senescence as evidenced by decreased gene signature associated with negative regulators of senescence and increased senescence-associated β-galactosidase activity. Furthermore, pharmacological inhibition of SIRT1 potentiated growth inhibitory effects of clinical androgen receptor blockade agents and radiation. Taken together, our findings provide an explanation for the discrepancy regarding the role of SIRT1 in prostate tumorigenesis. Our results reveal that the bifurcated roles for SIRT1 may occur in stage and context-dependent fashion by functioning in an antitumor role in prevention of early-stage prostate lesion development while promoting tumor development and disease progression post-lesion development. Clinically, these data highlight the importance of precise SIRT1 modulation to provide benefits for cancer prevention and treatment including sensitization to conventional therapeutic approaches.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)702-716
Number of pages15
JournalMolecular Carcinogenesis
Issue number7
StatePublished - Jul 2022


  • CDKN1A
  • Ptenknockout
  • radio-sensitization
  • resveratrol
  • β-galactosidase

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Molecular Biology
  • Cancer Research


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