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Discredited SIRT1 Stops DNA Damage In Neurons

This article was originally published in Start Up

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SIRT1, the molecule activated by the controversial anti-aging supplement resveratrol, has been among the most disappointing of drug targets but now, research has linked it, along with the enzyme HDAC1, to the ability to stabilize the genome following DNA damage. The work is encouraging for the development of activators of SIRT1 and HDAC1 as neuroprotectants and DNA repair agents.

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