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This article has been corrected. Correction in: Oncotarget. 2022; 13:1068-1068.

Exploratory comparisons between different anti-mitotics in clinically-used drug combination in triple negative breast cancer

Bruna Cândido Guido, Douglas Cardoso Brandão, Ana Luisa Augusto Barbosa, Monique Jacob Xavier Vianna, Lucas Faro, Luciana Machado Ramos, Fabíola Nihi, Márcio Botelho de Castro, Brenno A.D. Neto, José Raimundo Corrêa _ and Sônia Nair Báo _

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Oncotarget. 2021; 12:1920-1936. https://doi.org/10.18632/oncotarget.28068

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Bruna Cândido Guido1, Douglas Cardoso Brandão1, Ana Luisa Augusto Barbosa1, Monique Jacob Xavier Vianna1, Lucas Faro1, Luciana Machado Ramos2, Fabíola Nihi1, Márcio Botelho de Castro3, Brenno A.D. Neto4, José Raimundo Corrêa1 and Sônia Nair Báo1

1 Microscopy and Microanalysis Laboratory, Department of Cell Biology, Institute of Biological Sciences, University of Brasília, Brasília 70910-900, Brazil

2 Laboratory of Medicinal Chemistry and Organic Syntesis, Exact and Technological Sciences Campus, State University of Goiás, Anápolis, Goiás 75001-970, Brazil

3 Veterinary Pathology Laboratory, Faculty of Agronomy and Veterinary Medicine, Department of Veterinary Medicine, University of Brasília, Brasília 70910-970, Brazil

4 Laboratory of Medicinal and Technological Chemistry, University of Brasília, Chemistry Institute, University of Brasília, Brasília 70904-900, Brazil

Correspondence to:

Sônia Nair Báo, email: [email protected]
José Raimundo Corrêa, email: [email protected]

Keywords: KIF11 inhibition; Kinesin Eg5; breast cancer; adjuvant treatment; cancer progression

Received: April 13, 2021     Accepted: August 13, 2021     Published: September 14, 2021

Copyright: © 2021 Guido et al. This is an open access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY 3.0), which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.


Triple-negative breast cancer (TNBC) constitutes a very aggressive type of breast cancer with few options of cytotoxic chemotherapy available for them. A chemotherapy regimen comprising of doxorubicin hydrochloride and cyclophosphamide, followed by paclitaxel, known as AC-T, is approved for usage as an adjuvant treatment for this type of breast cancer. In this study we aimed to elucidate the role of KIF11 in TNBC progression throughout its inhibition by two synthetic small molecules containing the DHPM core (dihydropyrimidin-2(1H)-ones or -thiones), with the hypothesis that these inhibitors could be an interesting option of antimitotic drug used alone or as adjuvant therapy in association with AC. For this purpose, we evaluated the efficacy of DHPMs used as monotherapy or in combination with doxorubicin and cyclophosphamide, in Balbc-nude mice bearing breast cancer induced by MDA-MB-231, having AC-T as positive control. Our data provide extensive evidence to demonstrate that KIF11 inhibitors showed pronounced antitumor activity, acting in key points of tumorigenesis and cancer progression in in vivo xenograft model of triple negative breast cancer, like down-regulation of KIF11 and ALDH1-A1. Moreover, they didn’t show the classic peripheral neuropathy characterized by impaired mobility, as it is common with paclitaxel use. These results suggest that the use of a MAP inhibitor in breast cancer regimen treatment could be a promising strategy to keep antitumoral activity reducing the side effects.

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