Efficient lytic induction of Kaposi's sarcoma-associated herpesvirus (KSHV) by the anthracyclines

Hyunju Kang, Jaehyung Song, Kwangman Choi, Hyeongki Kim, Miri Choi, So Young Lee, Chonsaeng Kim, Sang Jun Lee, Moon Jung Song, Hyojeung Kang, Sung Hoon Back, Sang Bae Han, Sungchan Cho

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

10 Citations (Scopus)


Lytic induction of latent Kaposi's sarcoma-associated herpesvirus (KSHV) has been considered as a therapeutic option for efficient treatment of several KSHV-associated malignancies. Here, we developed a robust high-throughput screening system that allows an easy and quantitative measurement of lytic induction of latent KSHV and discovered three anthracyclines as potent inducers from screen of FDA-approved drugs. Lytic induction of latent KSHV by three compounds was verified by the significant induction of lytic genes and subsequent production of infectious KSHV. Importantly, lytic induction by three compounds was much more efficient than that by sodium butyrate, a well-characterized inducer of KSHV lytic cycle. Mechanistically, the anthracyclines caused lytic induction of KSHV through apoptosis induced by their DNA intercalation rather than topoisomerase II inhibition. Consequently, our results clearly demonstrated a role of anthracyclines as effective lytic inducers of KSHV and also provided a molecular basis of their use for efficient treatment of diseases associated with KSHV infection.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)8515-8527
Number of pages13
Issue number18
Publication statusPublished - 2014


  • Anthracyclines
  • Apoptosis
  • DNA intercalation
  • Kaposi's sarcoma-associated herpesvirus (KSHV)
  • Lytic induction

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oncology


Dive into the research topics of 'Efficient lytic induction of Kaposi's sarcoma-associated herpesvirus (KSHV) by the anthracyclines'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this