histone deacetylase


: an enzyme that catalyzes the hydrolysis of acetyl groups from histone
Histones are proteins that regulate DNA packing, and histone deacetylases are enzymes that control the way those proteins work. One of their effects is to keep HIV genes switched off.The Economist

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“Histone deacetylase.” Merriam-Webster.com Medical Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/medical/histone%20deacetylase. Accessed 6 Jun. 2023.

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