Is there a future for Aurora kinase inhibitors for anticancer therapy?

Curr Opin Drug Discov Devel. 2009 Jul;12(4):533-42.


The development of Aurora kinase inhibitors is a competitive research field, with many inhibitors currently being evaluated in preclinical and clinical studies. Progress during the past few years, both preclinically and clinically, has increased the evidence supporting Aurora kinases as promising molecular targets for the treatment of cancer. Aurora kinase inhibitors differ based on their selectivity within the Aurora kinase family and their cross-reactivities with other kinases. Additional factors that will contribute to the success or failure of the Aurora kinase inhibitors include: routes of administration, drug-like properties, workable combinations with approved drugs, adequate clinical development paths, and the identification of the appropriate patient population. The clinical trial results that are emerging for the most advanced inhibitors are promising, and it is probable that clinical proof of concept will be achieved, and that Aurora kinase inhibitors will be part of treatment for cancer in the future.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Antineoplastic Agents / administration & dosage
  • Antineoplastic Agents / adverse effects
  • Antineoplastic Agents / chemistry
  • Antineoplastic Agents / pharmacology*
  • Antineoplastic Agents / therapeutic use
  • Aurora Kinases
  • Clinical Trials as Topic
  • Drug Design*
  • Drug Evaluation, Preclinical
  • Humans
  • Molecular Structure
  • Neoplasms / drug therapy*
  • Neoplasms / enzymology
  • Protein Kinase Inhibitors / administration & dosage
  • Protein Kinase Inhibitors / adverse effects
  • Protein Kinase Inhibitors / chemistry
  • Protein Kinase Inhibitors / pharmacology*
  • Protein Kinase Inhibitors / therapeutic use
  • Protein-Serine-Threonine Kinases / antagonists & inhibitors*


  • Antineoplastic Agents
  • Protein Kinase Inhibitors
  • Aurora Kinases
  • Protein-Serine-Threonine Kinases