Pancreatic carcinoma is the fourth leading cause of death from cancer. Novel targets and therapeutic options are needed to aid in the treatment of pancreatic cancer. The compound UA62784 is a novel fluorenone with inhibitory activity against the centromere protein E (CENP-E) kinesin-like protein. UA62784 was isolated due to its selectivity in isogenic pancreatic carcinoma cell lines with a deletion of the DPC4 gene. UA62784 causes mitotic arrest by inhibiting chromosome congression at the metaphase plate likely through inhibition of the microtubule-associated ATPase activity of CENP-E. Furthermore, CENP-E binding to kinetochores duringmitosis is not affected by UA62784, suggesting that the target lies within the motor domain of CENP-E. UA62784 is a novel specific inhibitor of CENP-E and its activity suggests a potential role for antimitotic drugs in treating pancreatic carcinomas.
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- Cancer Research