Common non-epigenetic drugs as epigenetic modulators.

TitleCommon non-epigenetic drugs as epigenetic modulators.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2013
AuthorsJ Lötsch, G Schneider, D Reker, MJ Parnham, P Schneider, G Geisslinger, and A Doehring
JournalTrends in Molecular Medicine
Start Page742
Pagination742 - 753
Date Published12/2013

Epigenetic effects are exerted by a variety of factors and evidence increases that common drugs such as opioids, cannabinoids, valproic acid, or cytostatics may induce alterations in DNA methylation patterns or histone conformations. These effects occur via chemical structural interactions with epigenetic enzymes, through interactions with DNA repair mechanisms. Computational predictions indicate that one-twentieth of all drugs might potentially interact with human histone deacetylase, which was prospectively experimentally verified for the compound with the highest predicted interaction probability. These epigenetic effects add to wanted and unwanted drug effects, contributing to mechanisms of drug resistance or disease-related and unrelated phenotypes. Because epigenetic changes might be transmitted to offspring, the need for reliable and cost-effective epigenetic screening tools becomes acute.

Short TitleTrends in Molecular Medicine