The NO-donor histone deacetylase inhibitor 2, formally obtained by joining Entinostat 1, a moderately selective Class I histone deacetylases (HDACs) inhibitor, to a 4-(methylaminomethyl)furoxan-3-carbonitrile scaffold, is described and its preliminary biological profile discussed. This hybrid regulates Classes I and II HDACs. Nitric oxide (NO) released by the compound activates soluble guanylate cyclase (sGC), causing Class II nuclear shuttling and chromatin modifications, with consequences on gene expression. The hybrid affects a number of micro-RNAs not modulated by its individual components; it promotes myogenic differentiation, inducing the formation of larger myotubes with significantly more nuclei per fiber, in a more efficient manner than the 1:1 mixture of its two components. The hybrid is an example of a new class of NO-donor HDACs now being developed, which should be of interest for treating a number of diseases.
- histone deacetylase inhibitors
- multitarget drugs
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Organic Chemistry
- Drug Discovery