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Histone acetylation has a central role in the control of gene expression, influencing transcriptional control of many genes, including tumor suppressor genes. PXD101 is a novel hydroxamate-type inhibitor of histone deacetylase activity that inhibits histone deacetylase activity in HeLa cell extracts with an IC(50) of 27 nM and induces a concentration-dependent (0.2-5 micro M) increase in acetylation of histone H4 in tumor cell lines. PXD101 is cytotoxic in vitro in a number of tumor cell lines with IC(50)s in the range 0.2-3.4 micro M as determined by a clonogenic assay and induces apoptosis. Treatment of nude mice bearing human ovarian and colon tumor xenografts with PXD101 (10-40 mg/kg/day i.p.) daily for 7 days causes a significant dose-dependent growth delay with no obvious signs of toxicity to the mice. Growth delay is also observed for xenografts of cisplatin-resistant ovarian tumor cells. A marked increase in acetylation of H4 is detected in blood and tumor of mice 3 h after treatment with PXD101. The inhibition of growth of human tumor xenografts in mice, with no apparent toxicity, suggests that PXD101 has potential as a novel antitumor agent. Furthermore, the ability to measure histone acetylation in blood samples could provide a suitable pharmacodynamic end point to monitor drug activity.


Journal article


Mol Cancer Ther

Publication Date





721 - 728


Acetylation, Animals, Apoptosis, Cell Line, Tumor, Dose-Response Relationship, Drug, Enzyme Inhibitors, HeLa Cells, Histone Deacetylase Inhibitors, Histone Deacetylases, Histones, Humans, Hydroxamic Acids, Mice, Mice, Nude, Neoplasms, Experimental, Structure-Activity Relationship, Sulfonamides, Transplantation, Heterologous, Xenograft Model Antitumor Assays