Recently identified novel agents that disrupt tubulin polymerization include synthetic spiroketal pyrans (SPIKET) targeting the spongistatin binding site of beta tubulin. These agents exhibit anticancer activity by disrupting normal mitotic spindle assembly and cell division as well as inducing apoptosis. At nanomolar concentrations, the SPIKET compound SPIKET-P caused tubulin depolymerization in cell-free turbidity assays and exhibited potent cytotoxic activity against cancer cells as evidenced by destruction of microtubule organization, and prevention of mitotic spindle formation in human breast cancer cells. SPIKET compounds represent a new class of tubulin targeting agents that show promise as anti-cancer drugs.
Keywords: Spongistatins, Tubulin Targeting Agents, spiroketal pyrans (SPIKET), anticancer activity, SPIKET, SPIKET-P, anti-cancer drugs, Spiroketal Pyrans (SPIKET-P), Beta Tubulin, colchicine
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