Histone deacetylase inhibitors and demethylating agents: clinical development of histone deacetylase inhibitors for cancer therapy

Cancer J. Jan-Feb 2007;13(1):30-9. doi: 10.1097/PPO.0b013e31803c73cc.


The histone deacetylase inhibitors are a new class of agents that are currently in various stages of clinical development. Clinical trials have demonstrated activity, urging further investigation. At the same time, it has been discovered that these agents have their own challenges. In this review, we discuss clinical data gathered to date, combination therapies designed to increase efficacy, and toxicities attributed to this new class of agents.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Antineoplastic Agents / therapeutic use*
  • Antineoplastic Combined Chemotherapy Protocols / therapeutic use
  • Clinical Trials as Topic
  • Enzyme Inhibitors / adverse effects
  • Enzyme Inhibitors / chemistry
  • Enzyme Inhibitors / therapeutic use*
  • Histone Deacetylase Inhibitors*
  • Histone Deacetylases / chemistry
  • Humans


  • Antineoplastic Agents
  • Enzyme Inhibitors
  • Histone Deacetylase Inhibitors
  • Histone Deacetylases