Defining The Apoptotic And Therapeutic Activities Of Histone Deacetylase Inhibitors

Grant number: 1028871 | Funding period: 2012 - 2014



HDAC inhibitors (HDACi) are new chemotherapeutic drugs that kill tumors cells through a cell suicide process called apoptosis. We have used a mouse model of human blood cancers to show that these inhibitors can be used safely to severely limit the growth and spread of blood cancers. HDACi have the ability to inhibit multiple different target proteins (HDACs) and we aim to identify the key HDACs that cancer cells require to remain viable. Such information will lead to a more targeted or rational approach to chemotherapy using HDACi.