Inhibition of histone deacetylase 6 (HDAC6)-dependent aggresome function by pan HDAC inhibitors was recently reported to be a key mechanism underlying the synergistic activity between proteasome inhibitors and HDAC inhibitors in a variety of tumour types. Because these combinations induce significant thrombocytopenia in vivo, we examined whether less toxic, isotype-selective HDAC inhibitors may still synergize with proteasome inhibitors, and if so, by what mechanisms. Here, we showed that the class I HDAC inhibitor, MGCD0103, has a potent antiproliferative activity in Hodgkin lymphoma (HL) cell lines. Furthermore, MGCD0103 induced tumour necrosis factor α (TNF-α) expression and secretion, which was associated with nuclear factor (NF)-κB activation. Selective inhibition of TNF-α expression by short interfering mRNA, or inhibition of MGCD0103-induced NF-kB activation by proteasome inhibitors enhanced MGCD0103-induced cell death. Thus, our results demonstrate that MGCD0103 may synergize with proteasome inhibitors by HDAC6-independent mechanisms, providing mechanistic rationale for exploring this potentially less toxic combination for the treatment of lymphoma.
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