Alisertib (MLN8237)

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Mechanism of action

From the NCI Drug Dictionary: A second-generation, orally bioavailable, highly selective small molecule inhibitor of the serine/threonine protein kinase Aurora A kinase with potential antineoplastic activity. Alisertib binds to and inhibits Aurora A kinase, which may result in disruption of the assembly of the mitotic spindle apparatus, disruption of chromosome segregation, and inhibition of cell proliferation.

Preliminary results

Mantle cell lymphoma

  1. Friedberg JW, Mahadevan D, Cebula E, Persky D, Lossos I, Agarwal AB, Jung J, Burack R, Zhou X, Leonard EJ, Fingert H, Danaee H, Bernstein SH. Phase II study of alisertib, a selective Aurora A kinase inhibitor, in relapsed and refractory aggressive B- and T-cell non-Hodgkin lymphomas. J Clin Oncol. 2014 Jan 1;32(1):44-50. Epub 2013 Sep 16. link to original article PubMed

Peripheral T-cell lymphoma

  1. Barr PM, Li H, Spier C, Mahadevan D, LeBlanc M, Ul Haq M, Huber BD, Flowers CR, Wagner-Johnston ND, Horwitz SM, Fisher RI, Cheson BD, Smith SM, Kahl BS, Bartlett NL, Friedberg JW. Phase II Intergroup Trial of Alisertib in Relapsed and Refractory Peripheral T-Cell Lymphoma and Transformed Mycosis Fungoides: SWOG 1108. J Clin Oncol. 2015 Jul 20;33(21):2399-404. Epub 2015 Jun 15. link to original article PubMed