NCI Drug Dictionary

The NCI Drug Dictionary contains technical definitions and synonyms for drugs/agents used to treat patients with cancer or conditions related to cancer. Each drug entry includes links to check for clinical trials listed in NCI's List of Cancer Clinical Trials.

HDAC inhibitor ACY-241
An orally available histone deacetylase (HDAC) inhibitor, with potential antineoplastic activity. Upon oral administration, ACY-241 inhibits the activity of HDACs; this results in an accumulation of highly acetylated chromatin histones, the induction of chromatin remodeling and an altered pattern of gene expression. This leads to the inhibition of tumor oncogene transcription, and the selective transcription of tumor suppressor genes, which inhibit tumor cell division and induce tumor cell apoptosis. HDAC, an enzyme upregulated in many tumor types, deacetylates chromatin histone proteins. Check for active clinical trials using this agent. (NCI Thesaurus)

Synonym:histone deacetylase inhibitor ACY-241
Code name:ACY-241