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Dual MAPK and HDAC inhibition rewires the apoptotic rheostat to trigger colorectal cancer cell death

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The EGFR/RAS/MEK/ERK signalling pathway (ERK/MAPK) is hyper-activated in most colorectal cancers (CRCs). A current limitation of inhibitors of this pathway is that they primarily induce cytostatic effects in CRC cells. Nevertheless, these drugs do induce expression of pro-apoptotic factors, suggesting they may prime CRC cells to undergo apoptosis.