Histone deacetylase enzymes as potential drug targets in cancer and parasitic diseases

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The elucidation of the mechanisms of transcriptional activation and repression in eukaryotic cells has shed light on the important role of acetylation-deacetylation of histones mediated by histone acetyltransferases (HATs) and histone deacetylases (HDACs), respectively. Another group belonging to the large family of sirtuins (silent information regulators (SIRs)) has an (nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide) NAD+-dependent HDAC activity. Several inhibitors of HDACs (HDIs) have been shown to exert antitumor effects. Interestingly, some of the HDIs exerted a broad spectrum of antiprotozoal activity. The purpose of this review is to analyze some of the current data related to the deacetylase enzymes as a possible target for drug development in cancer and parasitic diseases with special reference to protozoan infections. Given the structural differences among members of this family of enzymes, development of specific inhibitors will not only allow selective therapeutic intervention, but may also provide a powerful tool for functional study of these enzymes. Copyright © 2006 M. Ouaissi and A. Ouaissi.




Ouaissi, M., & Ouaissi, A. (2006). Histone deacetylase enzymes as potential drug targets in cancer and parasitic diseases. Journal of Biomedicine and Biotechnology. https://doi.org/10.1155/JBB/2006/13474

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