Valproic acid - is it pro-longevity or anti-longevity? (it helps open up chromatin, which might make it more damage-prone)

valproic acid opens up chromatin structure (WITHOUT CONTEXT - anything that opens it up presumably makes it more damageable). But with context, it’s SO much more complicated…

pro-longevity (only in C. elegans, need to test in more complex organisms).

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ALSO it’s a neuroplasticity enhancer (reopens critical period learning of absolute pitch - Valproate reopens critical-period learning of absolute pitch - PMC )

(Valproic Acid and Epilepsy: From Molecular Mechanisms to Clinical Evidences - PMC ).

pro-ROS (in rats):

also potentially relevant reading: