Initial testing (stage 1) of the kinesin spindle protein inhibitor ispinesib by the pediatric preclinical testing program

Hernan Carol, Richard Lock, Peter J. Houghton, Christopher L. Morton, E. Anders Kolb, Richard Gorlick, C. Patrick Reynolds, John M. Maris, Stephen T. Keir, Catherine A. Billups, Malcolm A. Smith

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Background. Ispinesib is a highly specific inhibitor of kinesin spindle protein (KSP, HsEg5), a mitotic kinesin required for separation of the spindle poles. Here we report the activity of ispinesib against the in vitro and in vivo panels of the Pediatric Preclinical Testing Program (PPTP). Procedures. Ispinesib was tested against the PPTP in vitro panel cell lines at concentrations from 0.1 nM to 1 mM and against the in vivo tumor panel xenografts by intraperitoneal administration (5 or 10 mg/kg) every 4 days for 3 doses repeated at day 21. Results. Ispinesib was highly potent against the PPTP's in vitro cell lines with a median IC50 of 4.1 nM. Ispinesib (10 mg/kg) induced unexplained toxicity in mice bearing osteosarcoma xenografts and exceeded the MTD in 12 of 40 non-osteosarcoma xenografts. Ispinesib induced significant tumor growth delay in 88% (23/26) of evaluable xenografts. Using a time to event measure of efficacy, ispinesib had intermediate and high levels of activity against 4 (21%) and 5 (26%) of the 19 evaluable solid tumor xenografts, respectively. Ispinesib induced maintained complete responses (CR) in a rhabdoid tumor, a Wilms tumor and a Ewing sarcoma xenograft. Ispinesib (5 mg/kg) produced 2 complete and 2 partial responses among 6 evaluable xenografts in the ALL panel. The in vivo pattern of activity was distinctive from that previously reported for vincristine. Conclusions. Ispinesib demonstrated broad in vivo antitumor activity, including maintained complete responses for several xenografts, although with high toxicity rates at the doses studied.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1255-1263
Number of pages9
JournalPediatric Blood and Cancer
Issue number7
StatePublished - Dec 15 2009
Externally publishedYes


  • Developmental therapeutics
  • Ispinesib
  • Preclinical testing

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Hematology
  • Oncology


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