Inhibition of histone deacetylase1 induces autophagy

Meeyeon Oh, In Kwon Choi, Ho Jeong Kwon

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Autophagy is a process where cytoplasmic materials are degraded by lysosomal machinery. Histone deacetylase (HDAC) inhibitors induce autophagy, and HDAC6, one of class II HDAC isotypes, is directly involved in autophagic degradation in the cell. However, it is unclear if class I HDAC isotype such as HDCA1 is involved in this process. To investigate if class I HDAC isotype is involved in autophagy, a specific class I HDAC inhibitor and an siRNA of HDAC1 were used to treat HeLa cells. Autophagic markers were then investigated. Both inhibition and genetic knock-down of HDAC1 in the cells significantly induced autophagic vacuole formation and lysosome function. Moreover, disruption of HDAC1 leads to the conversion of LC3-I to LC3-II. Together, these results demonstrate that HDAC1 could play a role in autophagy and specific inhibition of HDAC1 can induce autophagy.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1179-1183
Number of pages5
JournalBiochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2008 May 16

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Funding Information:
This study was supported by grants from the National R&D Program for Cancer Control, Ministry of Health & Welfare and from the Brain Korea 21 Project, Republic of Korea.

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Biophysics
  • Biochemistry
  • Molecular Biology
  • Cell Biology


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