Influenza A virus-induced caspase-3 cleaves the histone deacetylase 6 in infected epithelial cells

FEBS Lett. 2009 Aug 6;583(15):2517-20. doi: 10.1016/j.febslet.2009.07.005. Epub 2009 Jul 15.


Histone deacetylase 6 (HDAC6) is a multi-substrate cytoplasmic enzyme that regulates many important biological processes. Recently, some reports have implicated HDAC6 in viral infection. However, nothing is known about its regulation in virus-infected cells. The data presented here for the first time demonstrate the caspase-3-mediated cleavage of HDAC6 in influenza A virus (IAV)-infected cells. HDAC6 polypeptide contains the caspase-3 cleavage motif DMAD-S at the C-terminus, and is a caspase-3 substrate. The cleavage removes most of the C-terminal ubiquitin-binding zinc finger domain from HDAC6, which could be significant for HDAC6's role in IAV-induced apoptosis in infected cells.

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Caspase 3 / metabolism*
  • Cell Line
  • Epithelial Cells / enzymology*
  • Epithelial Cells / virology*
  • Histone Deacetylase 6
  • Histone Deacetylases / metabolism*
  • Humans
  • Influenza A virus / physiology*


  • Caspase 3
  • HDAC6 protein, human
  • Histone Deacetylase 6
  • Histone Deacetylases