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Traffic. 2012 Jun;13(6):771-9. doi: 10.1111/j.1600-0854.2012.01347.x. Epub 2012 Mar 26.

HDAC6 at the Intersection of Neuroprotection and Neurodegeneration.

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Vesalius Research Center, VIB, Campus Gasthuisberg, Leuven, Belgium.


Histone deacetylase 6 (HDAC6) catalyzes multiple reactions. We summarize the current knowledge on HDAC6, its targets and functions. Among others, HDAC6 recognizes damaged proteins and assures that these proteins are destroyed by autophagy. On the other hand, HDAC6 also modifies the tracks used by the clearance mechanism so that axonal transport becomes less efficient. We hypothesize that a disturbance in the equilibrium between the different functions of HDAC6 could play an important role in neurodegeneration.

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