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Cancer Inform. 2008;6:147-64. Epub 2008 Mar 26.

Chromosome 20q amplification regulates in vitro response to Kinesin-5 inhibitor.

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Rosetta Inpharmatics LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Merck and Co., Inc., Seattle, WA 98109, USA. aimee_


We identified gene expression signatures predicting responsiveness to a Kinesin-5 (KIF11) inhibitor (Kinesin-5i) in cultured colon tumor cell lines. Genes predicting resistance to Kinesin-5i were enriched for those from chromosome 20q, a region of frequent amplification in a number of tumor types. siRNAs targeting genes in this chromosomal region identified AURKA, TPX2 and MYBL2 as genes whose disruption enhances response to Kinesin-5i. Taken together, our results show functional interaction between these genes, and suggest that their overexpression is involved in resistance to Kinesin-5i. Furthermore, our results suggest that patients whose tumors overexpress AURKA due to amplification of 20q will more likely resist treatment with Kinesin-5 inhibitor, and that inactivation of AURKA may sensitize these patients to treatment.


KIF11; KSP; RNAi; aurora a kinase; chromosome20q

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