SIRT1 enzymatically potentiates 1,25-dihydroxyvitamin D3 signaling via vitamin D receptor deacetylation

Marya S. Sabir, Zainab Khan, Chengcheng Hu, Michael A. Galligan, Christopher M. Dussik, Sanchita Mallick, Angelika Dampf Stone, Shane F. Batie, Elizabeth T. Jacobs, G. K. Whitfield, Mark R. Haussler, Michael C. Heck, Peter Jurutka

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The hormonal metabolite of vitamin D, 1,25-dihydroxyvitamin D3 (1,25D), binds to the vitamin D receptor (VDR) and promotes heterodimerization of VDR with a retinoid-X-receptor (RXR) to genomically regulate diverse cellular processes. Herein, it is revealed for the first time that VDR is post-translationally acetylated, and that VDR immunoprecipitated from human embryonic kidney (HEK293) cells displays a dramatic decrease in acetylated receptor in the presence of 1,25D-ligand, sirtuin-1 (SIRT1) deacetylase, or the resveratrol activator of SIRT1. To elucidate the functional significance of VDR deacetylation, vitamin-D-responsive-element (VDRE)-based transcriptional assays were performed to determine if deacetylase overexpression affects VDR/VDRE-driven transcription. In HEK293 kidney and TE85 bone cells, co-transfection of low amounts (1–5 ng) of a SIRT1-expression vector elicits a reproducible and statistically significant enhancement (1.3- to 2.6-fold) in transcription mediated by VDREs from the CYP3A4 and cyp24a1 genes, where the magnitude of response to 1,25D-ligand is 6- to 30-fold. Inhibition of SIRT1 via EX-527, or utilization of a SIRT1 loss-of-function mutant (H363Y), resulted in abrogation of SIRT1-mediated VDR potentiation. Studies with a novel, non-acetylatable VDR mutant (K413R) showed that the mutant VDR possesses enhanced responsiveness to 1,25D, in conjunction with reduced, but still significant, sensitivity to exogenous SIRT1, indicating that acetylation of lysine 413 is relevant, but that other acetylated residues in VDR contribute to modulation of its activity. We conclude that the acetylation of VDR comprises a negative feedback loop that attenuates 1,25D-VDR signaling. This regulatory loop is reversed by SIRT1-catalyzed deacetylation of VDR to amplify VDR signaling and 1,25D actions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)117-129
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of Steroid Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
StatePublished - Sep 2017


  • Acetylation
  • Resveratrol
  • Sirtuin-1
  • Transactivation
  • VDR
  • Vitamin D

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism
  • Biochemistry
  • Molecular Medicine
  • Molecular Biology
  • Endocrinology
  • Clinical Biochemistry
  • Cell Biology


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