Hdac6-selective inhibitor overcomes bortezomib resistance in multiple myeloma

Sang Wu Lee, Soo Keun Yeon, Go Woon Kim, Dong Hoon Lee, Yu Hyun Jeon, Jung Yoo, So Yeon Kim, So Hee Kwon

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Although multiple myeloma (MM) patients benefit from standard bortezomib (BTZ) chemotherapy, they develop drug resistance, resulting in relapse. We investigated whether histone deacetylase 6 (HDAC6) inhibitor A452 overcomes bortezomib resistance in MM. We show that HDAC6-selective inhibitor A452 significantly decreases the activation of BTZ-resistant markers, such as extracellular signal-regulated kinases (ERK) and nuclear factor kappa B (NF-κB), in acquired BTZ-resistant MM cells. Combination treatment of A452 and BTZ or carfilzomib (CFZ) synergistically reduces BTZ-resistant markers. Additionally, A452 synergizes with BTZ or CFZ to inhibit the activation of NF-κB and signal transducer and activator of transcription 3 (STAT3), resulting in decreased expressions of low-molecular-mass polypeptide 2 (LMP2) and LMP7. Furthermore, combining A452 with BTZ or CFZ leads to synergistic cancer cell growth inhibition, viability decreases, and apoptosis induction in the BTZ-resistant MM cells. Overall, the synergistic effect of A452 with CFZ is more potent than that of A452 with BTZ in BTZ-resistant U266 cells. Thus, our findings reveal the HDAC6-selective inhibitor as a promising therapy for BTZ-chemoresistant MM.

Original languageEnglish
Article number1341
Pages (from-to)1-19
Number of pages19
JournalInternational journal of molecular sciences
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2021 Feb 1

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Funding Information:
Funding: This research was supported by the Basic Science Research Program through the National Research Foundation of Korea (NRF) funded by the Ministry of Education, Science, and Technology (2018R1A6A1A03023718, 2019R1I1A1A01058601, and 2019R1I1A1A01058601).

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All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Catalysis
  • Molecular Biology
  • Spectroscopy
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Inorganic Chemistry


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