Journal article

Effect of valproic acid on radiation-induced DNA damage in euchromatic and heterochromatic compartments

KN Harikrishnan, Tom C Karagiannis, Maggie Z Chow, Assam El-Osta

Cell Cycle | TAYLOR & FRANCIS INC | Published : 2008


The distinction between heterochromatin and euchromatin in the double-strand break (DSB) damage pathway is of interest, recent reports indicate that chromatin is not created equally nor is it acquiescent to DSBs. Using the classical histone deacetylase inhibitor, Trichostatin A, we have previously demonstrated that chromatin represents a heterogeneous substrate with respect to histone tail modification by histone deacetylase inhibitors and consequent responses to DNA damage and repair. Here, we extended the initial findings by investigating the radiation sensitizing properties of the widely used antiepileptic, valproic acid. Clonogenic survival assays confirm that valproic acid is an efficie..

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