Chidamide Enhances the Cytotoxicity of Cytarabine and Sorafenib in Acute Myeloid Leukemia Cells by Modulating H3K9me3 and Autophagy Levels

Frontiers in Oncology
He HuangWenjian Guo


Previous studies showed that chidamide enhances the cytotoxicity of drugs in acute myeloid leukemia (AML) cells. Therefore, we examined whether chidamide enhanced the cytotoxicity of drugs in AML cells by affecting H3K9me3 and autophagy levels. AML cells (THP-1 and MV4-11 cells) were treated with chidamide, cytarabine (Ara-c), or sorafenib alone or in combination. Cell proliferation and survival rates were analyzed by MTT, flow cytometry, and Western blotting assays. The results showed that a low dose of chidamide enhanced the cytotoxicity of Ara-c or sorafenib in AML cells, decreasing proliferation and increasing apoptosis. H3K9me3 levels as assessed by Western blotting were upregulated by chidamide treatment. Chromatin immunoprecipitation sequencing, which was used to investigate potential signaling pathways, indicated that the autophagy pathway might play a role in the effects of chidamide. The level of autophagy induced in AML cells upon treatment with Ara-c or sorafenib was inhibited by chidamide, and autophagy markers (LC3, P62) were tested by Western blotting. SIRT1 messenger RNA (mRNA) and protein levels were lower in AML cells treated with Ara-c or sorafenib in combination with chidamide than those in cells treated wit...Continue Reading


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