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Ref Type Journal Article
PMID (26153498)
Authors Maia AR, de Man J, Boon U, Janssen A, Song JY, Omerzu M, Sterrenburg JG, Prinsen MB, Willemsen-Seegers N, de Roos JA, van Doornmalen AM, Uitdehaag JC, Kops GJ, Jonkers J, Buijsman RC, Zaman GJ, Medema RH
Title Inhibition of the spindle assembly checkpoint kinase TTK enhances the efficacy of docetaxel in a triple-negative breast cancer model.
Journal Annals of oncology : official journal of the European Society for Medical Oncology
Vol 26
Issue 10
Date 2015 Oct
Abstract Text Triple-negative breast cancers (TNBC) are considered the most aggressive type of breast cancer, for which no targeted therapy exists at the moment. These tumors are characterized by having a high degree of chromosome instability and often overexpress the spindle assembly checkpoint kinase TTK. To explore the potential of TTK inhibition as a targeted therapy in TNBC, we developed a highly potent and selective small molecule inhibitor of TTK, NTRC 0066-0.The compound is characterized by long residence time on the target and inhibits the proliferation of a wide variety of human cancer cell lines with potency in the same range as marketed cytotoxic agents. In cell lines and in mice, NTRC 0066-0 inhibits the phosphorylation of a TTK substrate and induces chromosome missegregation. NTRC 0066-0 inhibits tumor growth in MDA-MB-231 xenografts as a single agent after oral application. To address the effect of the inhibitor in breast cancer, we used a well-defined mouse model that spontaneously develops breast tumors that share key morphologic and molecular features with human TNBC. Our studies show that combination of NTRC 0066-0 with a therapeutic dose of docetaxel resulted in doubling of mouse survival and extended tumor remission, without toxicity. Furthermore, we observed that treatment efficacy is only achieved upon co-administration of the two compounds, which suggests a synergistic in vivo effect. Therefore, we propose TTK inhibition as a novel therapeutic target for neoadjuvant therapy in TNBC.


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Molecular Profile Treatment Approach
Gene Name Source Synonyms Protein Domains Gene Description Gene Role
Therapy Name Drugs Efficacy Evidence Clinical Trials
NTRC 0066-0 NTRC 0066-0 5 0
Drug Name Trade Name Synonyms Drug Classes Drug Description
NTRC 0066-0 SB19776 MPS1 Inhibitor 25 NTRC 0066-0 inhibits TTK (MPS1) activity thereby preventing cell proliferation (PMID: 26153498, PMID: 28539250).
Gene Variant Impact Protein Effect Variant Description Associated with drug Resistance
Molecular Profile Indication/Tumor Type Response Type Therapy Name Approval Status Evidence Type Efficacy Evidence References
Unknown unknown triple-receptor negative breast cancer not applicable Docetaxel + NTRC 0066-0 Preclinical Actionable In a preclinical study, the TTK (MPS1) inhibitor, NTRC 0066-0, acted in synergy with docetaxel to induce tumor remission and increase survival of TNBC mouse models (PMID: 26153498). 26153498
Unknown unknown breast cancer not applicable NTRC 0066-0 Preclinical - Cell line xenograft Actionable In a preclinical study, the TTK (MPS1) inhibitor, NTRC 0066-0, prevented tumor growth in breast cancer cell line xenograft models (PMID: 26153498). 26153498