3 years ago

Current progress and future perspectives in the development of anti-polo-like kinase 1 therapeutic agents [version 1; referees: 2 approved]

Kyung S. Lee, Jr., David Hymel, Terrence R. Burke, Jung-Eun Park
Although significant levels of side effects are often associated with their use, microtubule-directed agents that primarily target fast-growing mitotic cells have been considered to be some of the most effective anti-cancer therapeutics. With the hope of developing new-generation anti-mitotic agents with reduced side effects and enhanced tumor specificity, researchers have targeted various proteins whose functions are critically required for mitotic progression. As one of the highly attractive mitotic targets, polo-like kinase 1 (Plk1) has been the subject of an extensive effort for anti-cancer drug discovery. To date, a variety of anti-Plk1 agents have been developed, and several of them are presently in clinical trials. Here, we will discuss the current status of generating anti-Plk1 agents as well as future strategies for designing and developing more efficacious anti-Plk1 therapeutics.

Publisher URL: https://f1000research.com/articles/6-1024/v1

DOI: 10.12688/f1000research.11398.1

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