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Histone deacetylase inhibition leads to Histone acetylation, increase
Key Event Relationship Overview
AOPs Referencing Relationship
|AOP Name||Adjacency||Weight of Evidence||Quantitative Understanding||Point of Contact||Author Status||OECD Status|
|Histone deacetylase inhibition leading to testicular atrophy||adjacent||High||Moderate||Shihori Tanabe (send email)||Open for citation & comment||EAGMST Under Review|
|Histone deacetylase inhibition leads to neural tube defects||adjacent||Not Specified||Not Specified||Marvin Martens (send email)||Under development: Not open for comment. Do not cite|
Life Stage Applicability
|All life stages||Moderate|
Key Event Relationship Description
The HDAC inhibitors (HDIs) inhibit deacetylation of the histone, leading to the increase in histone acetylation and gene transcription. HDACs deacetylate acetylated histone in epigenetic regulation [Falkenberg and Johnstone, 2014].
Histone acetylation is one of the major epigenetic mechanisms and belongs to the posttranslational modifications of histones. Histone acetyltransferase is setting the mark, and deacetylase (HDAC) is responsible for removing the acetyl group from specific lysine residues of the histones. It has been shown that the inhibition of HDACs leads to a hyperacetylation of histones and in general to an imbalance of other histone modifications.
Evidence Supporting this KER
HDACs are important proteins in the epigenetic regulation of gene transcription. Upon the inhibition of HDAC by HDIs, lysine in histone remains acetylated which leads to transcriptional activation or repression, changes in DNA replication, and DNA damage repair [Wade et al., 2008].
In all eukaryotes, the DNA containing the genetic information of an organism is organized in chromatin. The basic unit of chromatin is the nucleosome around which the naked DNA is wrapped. A nucleosome consists of two copies of each of the core histones H2A, H2B, H3, and H4 [Luger et al., 1997]. In order to dynamically regulate this highly complex structure several mechanisms are involved, including the posttranslational modifications of histones (reviewed in [Bannister and Kouzarides, 2011; Kouzarides, 2007]. For a long time, it is known that histones get acetylated and that this reaction is catalyzed by histone acetyltransferases (HAT) whereas the acetyl groups are removed by histone deacetylases (HDAC). Inhibition of HDACs by small-molecule compounds leads to hyperacetylation of the histones as the homeostasis of acetylation and deacetylation is disturbed (reviewed in [Gallinari et al., 2007]).
Uncertainties and Inconsistencies
HDACs affect a large number of cellular proteins including histones, which reminds us the HDAC inhibition by HDIs hyperacetylates cellular proteins other than histones and exhibit additional biological effects. It is also noted that HDAC functions as the catalytic subunits of the large protein complex, which suggests that the inhibition of HDAC by HDIs affects the function of the large multiprotein complexes of HDAC [Falkenberg and Johnstone, 2014]. Related-analysis are usually indirect or in purified systems, therefore a direct cause-consequence relation is difficult to obtain.
SAHA or MS-275 treatment leads to an increase in acetylation of specific lysine residues on histones more than two-fold [Choudhary et al., 2009]. Acetylation of the variant histone H2AZ-a mark for DNA damage sites- was upregulated almost 20-fold by SAHA, whereas a number of sites on the core histones H3 and H4 are several times more highly regulated in response to SAHA than by MS-275 [Choudhary et al., 2009].
TSA (100 ng/ml) treatment leads to accumulation of the acetylated histones in a variety of mammalian cell lines, and the partially purified HDAC from wild-type FM3A cells was effectively inhibited by TSA (Ki = 3.4 nM) [Yoshida et al., 1990].
Known modulating factors
Known Feedforward/Feedback loops influencing this KER
Domain of Applicability
The relationship between HDAC inhibition and increase in histone acetylation is conceivably well conserved among various species including mammals.
- Hyperacetylation by HDIs such as SAHA and Cpd-60 are observed in mice (Mus musculus) [Schroeder et al., 2013].
- TSA induces acetylation of histone H4 in a time-dependent manner in mouse cell lines (Mus musculus) [Alberts et al., 1998].
- AR-42, a novel HDI, induces hyperacetylation in human pancreatic cancer cells (Homo sapiens) [Henderson et al., 2016].
- SAHA and MS-275 lead to the hyperacetylation of lysine residues of histones in human cell lines of epithelial (A549) and lymphoid origin (Jurkat) (Homo sapiens) [Choudhary et al., 2009].
- SAHA treatment induces the H3 and H4 histone acetylation in human corneal fibroblasts and conjunctiva from rabbits after glaucoma filtration surgery (Homo sapiens, Oryctolagus cuniculus) [Sharma et al., 2016].
- TSA induces the acetylation of histones H3 and H4 in Brassica napus microspore cultures (Brassica napu) [Li et al., 2014].
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