Epigenetic effects of anti-psychotic medications are poorly understood. We have appropriated a model whereby heterochromatin is established through 24- or 48-h lipopolysaccharide (LPS) treatment, and tested the epigenetic effects of risperidone along the adenylyl cyclase/protein kinase A (AC/PKA) pathway in human liposarcoma cells that express the LPS-sensitive Toll-like receptor (TLR)-4. Human SW872 cells were cultured with LPS and mRNA expression levels and epigenetic modifications of dimethylated lysine 9 of histone 2 (H3K9me2), geterochromatin protein 1γ (HP1γ) and phospho-H3S10 at promoters of interleukin (IL)-6, tumor necrosis factor (TNF)-α and IL1β were measured. Pharmacological manipulation of the AC/PKA pathway was achieved through treatment with a PKA inhibitor (H89), mitogen- and stress-activated kinase 1 (MSK1) inhibitor (SB-747651A) or forskolin. Twenty-four and 48-h LPS treatment establishes heterochromatin at selected promoters, corresponding to decreased mRNA expression. Concurrent risperidone treatment with LPS treatment can both 'block' and 'reverse' heterochromatin formation. Forskolin treatment resulted in a similar disassembling effect on heterochromatin. Conversely, inhibition of PKA by H89 or MSK1 both blocked 'normalizing' effects of risperidone on LPS-induced heterochromatin. Our results demonstrate that risperidone can disassemble heterochromatin, exerting this effect along the G-protein/AC/PKA pathway. This approach can also be utilized to investigate functional outcomes of single or combined pharmacological treatments on chromatin assemblies in human cells.