Cardiac sirt1 mediates the cardioprotective effect of caloric restriction by suppressing local complement system activation after ischemia-reperfusion

Tsunehisa Yamamoto, Kayoko Tamaki, Kosuke Shirakawa, Kentaro Ito, Xiaoxiang Yan, Yoshinori Katsumata, Atsushi Anzai, Tomohiro Matsuhashi, Jin Endo, Takaaki Inaba, Kazuo Tsubota, Motoaki Sano, Keiichi Fukuda, Ken Shinmura

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Caloric restriction (CR) confers cardioprotection against ischemia-reperfusion (I/R) injury. We previously found the essential roles of endothelial nitric oxide synthase in the development of CR-induced cardioprotection and Sirt1 activation during CR (Shinmura K, Tamaki K, Ito K, Yan X, Yamamoto T, Katsumata Y, Matsuhashi T, Sano M, Fukuda K, Suematsu M, Ishii I. Indispensable role of endothelial nitric oxide synthase in caloric restriction-induced cardioprotection against ischemia- reperfusion injury. Am J Physiol Heart Circ Physiol 308: H894– H903, 2015). However, the exact mechanism by which Sirt1 in cardiomyocytes mediates the cardioprotective effect of CR remains undetermined. We subjected cardiomyocyte-specific Sirt1 knockout (CM-Sirt1-/-) mice and the corresponding control mice to either 3-mo ad libitum feeding or CR (-40%). Isolated perfused hearts were subjected to 25-min global ischemia, followed by 60-min reperfusion. The recovery of left ventricle function after I/R was improved, and total lactate dehydrogenase release into the perfusate during reperfusion was attenuated in the control mice treated with CR, but a similar cardioprotective effect of CR was not observed in the CM-Sirt1-/- mice. The expression levels of cardiac complement component 3 (C3) at baseline and the accumulation of C3 and its fragments in the ischemia-reperfused myocardium were attenuated by CR in the control mice, but not in the CM-Sirt1-/- mice. Resveratrol treatment also attenuated the expression levels of C3 protein in cultured neonatal rat ventricular cardiomyocytes. Moreover, the degree of myocardial I/R injury in conventional C3 knockout (C3-/-) mice treated with CR was similar to that in the ad libitum-fed C3-/- mice, although the expression levels of Sirt1 were enhanced by CR. These results demonstrate that cardiac Sirt1 plays an essential role in CR-induced cardioprotection against I/R injury by suppressing cardiac C3 expression. This is the first report suggesting that cardiac Sirt1 regulates the local complement system during CR.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)H1003-H1014
JournalAmerican Journal of Physiology - Heart and Circulatory Physiology
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - 2016 Apr


  • Antioxidant
  • Cardiomyocyte
  • Complement
  • Ischemia-reperfusion
  • Sirt1
  • Sirtuin

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physiology
  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine
  • Physiology (medical)


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