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This is explained at the WP page for HDAC. There are five classes: hydroxamic acids (or hydroxamates), such as trichostatin A cyclic tetrapeptides (such as trapoxin B), and the depsipeptides benzamides electrophilic ketones the aliphatic acid compounds such as phenylbutyrate and valproic acid and valproate is in the final class, ...


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The authors obviously meant to write that the histones associated with the promoter become deacetylated. They cannot mean the promoter itself as that is DNA. What they wrote is not shorthand or acceptable alternative usage, but just a mistake — published papers often contain typos and mistakes of this sort. Probably the authors meant to write the ...



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