Class/mechanism: Histone deacetylase (HDAC) inhibitor. HDACs normally catalyze removal of acetyl groups from acetylated lysine residues in histones and non-histone proteins, which helps to regulate gene expression. Inhibition of histone deacetylases results in hyperacetylation of histones and modulates gene expression by creating an open chromatin state that leads to expression of previously silenced genes. Although the mechanism of action is not fully understood, inhibiting HDACs has been observed to result in cell cycle arrest and apoptosis of cancer cells.
Extravasation: no information
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Diseases for which it is used
Diseases for which it was used
Patient drug information
- Romidepsin (Istodax) package insert PDF pages 8-9
- Romidepsin (Istodax) patient drug information (UpToDate)
History of changes in FDA indication
- 11/5/2009: Initial FDA approval for treatment of cutaneous T-cell lymphoma (CTCL) in patients who have received at least one prior systemic therapy. (Based on NIH 01-C-0049 and GPI-04-0001)
Peripheral T-cell lymphoma - WITHDRAWN
- 6/16/2011: Additional indication for treatment of peripheral T-cell lymphoma (PTCL) in patients who have received at least one prior therapy. (Based on GPI-06-0002)
- 7/30/2021: Approval withdrawn.
Also known as
- Code names: FK228, FR901228, NSC 630176
- Generic name: depsipeptide
- Brand name: Istodax