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Biochem Biophys Res Commun. 1998 Jun 29;247(3):833-7.

Differential expression of human histone deacetylase mRNAs in response to immune cell apoptosis induction by trichostatin A and butyrate.

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Department of Neurology, Harvard Institutes of Medicine, Brigham and Women's Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusettes 02115, USA.


The reversible acetylation of histones by histone deacetylases (HDACs) and acetyltransferases (HATs) plays a fundamental role in gene transcription. We previously showed that HDAC mRNA is upregulated in immune cells upon PHA-induced activation. Little is known, however, about the differential regulation of HDAC mRNAs by the HDAC inhibitors Trichostatin A (TSA) and butyrate, agents known to block proliferation and induce apoptosis. We report that apoptosis-inducing concentrations of TSA and butyrate upregulate the expression of HDAC mRNAs in a differential manner and act synergistically with PHA to induce HDAC expression, suggesting the presence of independent HDAC regulatory mechanisms. Moreover, we show that HDAC inhibitor-induced apoptosis is associated with early abrogation of gamma-IFN production by Th1 lymphocytes and with p53 mRNA downregulation. Our findings highlight the dynamic interplay of cell cycle-, activation- and apoptosis-related proteins in association with time-dependent expression of HDACs and are suggestive of different specific roles for these enzymes.

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