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Emory Scientist Receives $1.6 Million for Aging and Cancer Research

Posted by Laura Braden on Tue, Jan 26, 2016

Life science research at Emory University. As people get older, their bodies become more susceptible to certain diseases. Cancer, among others, is a disease that becomes more common as people age. David S. Yu, M.D., Ph.D from Emory University was recently awarded $1.6 million from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to study the gene SIRT2 and how it can be manipulated to control the effects of aging and prevent cancer. 

Researchers in 1999 learned that the gene Silent Information Regulator two (Sir2) doubled the lifespan of yeast, and removing the gene reduced the lifespan. Through later tests on mice, researchers found that extra Sir2 could potentially suppress tumors, while a deficiency of the gene led to cancer.

With this knowledge in mind, the Emory research team is studying the gene SIRT2 (the human equivalent of Sir2) to see if the findings from yeast and mice can be translated to humans. If the manipulation of SIRT2 can regulate the human body's response to age-related diseases, then the Emory team will begin clinical trials in the next couple of years.

Dr. Yu explained, “SIRT2 has been identified as a regulator of aging and a tumor suppressor. As we age, our body’s capacity to respond to stress deteriorates. On a cellular level, the ability to identify and kill cancerous mutations and to repair damaged DNA is greatly reduced. SIRT2 plays a major role in sensing and coordinating our body’s stress response to these effects of aging and to age-related diseases such as cancer.”

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Currently funded projects at the university include:

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