NCI Drug Dictionary

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The NCI Drug Dictionary contains technical definitions and synonyms for drugs/agents used to treat patients with cancer or conditions related to cancer. Each drug entry includes links to check for clinical trials listed in NCI's List of Cancer Clinical Trials.

alisertib
A second-generation, orally bioavailable, highly selective small molecule inhibitor of the serine/threonine protein kinase Aurora A kinase with potential antineoplastic activity. Alisertib binds to and inhibits Aurora A kinase, which may result in disruption of the assembly of the mitotic spindle apparatus, disruption of chromosome segregation, and inhibition of cell proliferation. Aurora A kinase localizes to the spindle poles and to spindle microtubules during mitosis, and is thought to regulate spindle assembly. Aberrant expression of Aurora kinases occurs in a wide variety of cancers, including colon and breast cancers. Check for active clinical trials or closed clinical trials using this agent. (NCI Thesaurus)
Synonym:Aurora A kinase inhibitor MLN8237
Code name:MLN8237
Chemical structure:benzoic acid, 4-((9-chloro-7-(2-fluoro-6-methoxyphenyl)-5H-pyrimido(5,4-d)(2)benzazepin-2-yl)amino)-2-methoxy-