Molecular Medicine

, Volume 21, Issue 1, pp 824–832 | Cite as

Efficacy of Combined Histone Deacetylase and Checkpoint Kinase Inhibition in a Preclinical Model of Human Burkitt Lymphoma

  • YanGuo Kong
  • Gustavo A. Barisone
  • Ranjit S. Sidhu
  • Robert T. O’Donnell
  • Joseph M. Tuscano
Research Article


Checkpoint kinase inhibition has been studied as a way of enhancing the effectiveness of DNA-damaging agents. More recently, histone deacetylase inhibitors have shown efficacy in several cancers, including non-Hodgkin lymphoma. To evaluate the effectiveness of this combination for the treatment of lymphoma, we examined the combination of AR42, a histone deacetylase inhibitor, and checkpoint kinase 2 (CHEK2) inhibitor II in vitro and in vivo. The combination resulted in up to 10-fold increase in potency in five Burkitt lymphoma cell lines when compared with either drug alone. Both drugs inhibited tumor progression in xenograft models, but the combination was more effective than either agent alone, resulting in regression of established tumors. No toxicity was observed. These results suggest that the combination of histone deacetylase inhibition and checkpoint kinase inhibition represent an effective and nontoxic treatment option that should be further explored in preclinical and clinical studies.



This work was supported by the Schwedler Family Foundation and the deLeuze Non-Toxic Cure for Lymphoma Fund.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • YanGuo Kong
    • 1
    • 2
  • Gustavo A. Barisone
    • 1
  • Ranjit S. Sidhu
    • 1
  • Robert T. O’Donnell
    • 1
    • 3
  • Joseph M. Tuscano
    • 1
    • 3
  1. 1.Division of Hematology and Oncology, Department of Internal MedicineUniversity of California Davis School of Medicine, Health SystemSacramentoUSA
  2. 2.Department of Neurosurgery, Peking University Medical College HospitalChinese Academy of Medical SciencesBeijingChina
  3. 3.Department of Veterans AffairsNorthern California Healthcare SystemSacramentoUSA

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