SIRT1, a NAD+ -dependent histone deacetylase, has been shown to act as a key regulator of angiogenesis. The purpose of this study was to determine the effects of resveratrol (RSV, a SIRT1 activator) on the vascular endothelial growth factor receptor 2 (VEGFR2) signaling pathway and to establish its relevance to choroidal neovascularization (CNV), a blinding complication of age-related macular degeneration. Western blot and ELISA assay showed that RSV inhibited hypoxia-inducible factor (HIF)-1α accumulation and VEGF secretion induced by cobalt chloride (CoCl2) through SIRT1 in human retinal pigment epithelial (hRPE) cells. Furthermore, RSV down-regulated VEGFR2 phosphorylation and activation induced by VEGF in endothelial cells via SIRT1. Thus, the inhibitory effect of RSV on the HIF-1α/VEGF/VEGFR2 signaling axis is mediated, at least in part, through SIRT1. The results suggest that targeting SIRT1 could have therapeutic potential for the treatment of CNV.
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