Chinese Journal of Physiology

: 2019  |  Volume : 62  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 95--107

Histone deacetylases in stroke

Mei-Han Kao1, Teng-Nan Lin2 
1 Taiwan International Graduate Program in Molecular Medicine, National Yang-Ming University and Academia Sinica, Taipei, Taiwan
2 Institute of Biomedical Sciences, Academia Sinica, Taipei, Taiwan

Correspondence Address:
Dr. Teng-Nan Lin
Rm 404, Institute of Biomedical Sciences, Academia Sinica, Taipei 11529

Stroke is the second leading cause of death and the leading cause of adult disability worldwide. Despite an impressive amount of neuroprotective agents that has been identified in experimental stroke, none of them proved efficient in clinical trials. There is a general consensus that an effective treatment requires the ability to interact with not one, but multiple pathophysiological cascades at different levels that induced by the insult – cocktail therapy. Luckily, recent progress in the field of epigenetics revealed that epigenetic modifications had influence on many known pathways involved in the complex course of ischemic disease development. The fact that epigenetic molecules, by altering transcriptional regulation, may simultaneously act on different levels of ischemic brain injury makes them promising candidates for clinical use. These modifications arise typically owing to deoxyribonucleic acid methylation and histone acetylation. The aim of this review is to give a comprehensive overview of current advances in stroke epigenetics, in particular, the physiological and pathological functions of the 11 classical histone deacetylases.

How to cite this article:
Kao MH, Lin TN. Histone deacetylases in stroke.Chin J Physiol 2019;62:95-107

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Kao MH, Lin TN. Histone deacetylases in stroke. Chin J Physiol [serial online] 2019 [cited 2020 Jan 21 ];62:95-107
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