Neuroblastoma is the most common paediatric cancer type. Patients diagnosed with high-risk neuroblastoma have poor prognosis and occasionally tumours relapse. As a result, novel treatment strategies are needed for relapse and refractory neuroblastoma patients. Here, we found that high expression of Mps1 kinase (mitotic kinase Monopolar Spindle 1) was associated with relapse-free neuroblastoma patient outcomes and poor overall survival. Silencing and inhibition of Mps1 in neuroblastoma or PDX-derived cells promoted cell apoptosis via the caspase-dependent mitochondrial apoptotic pathway. The mechanism of cell death upon Mps1 inhibition was dependent on the polyploidization/aneuploidization of the cells before undergoing mitotic catastrophe. Furthermore, tumour growth retardation was confirmed in a xenograft mouse model after Mps1-inhibitor treatment. Altogether, these results suggest that Mps1 expression and inhibition can be considered as a novel prognostic marker as well as a therapeutic strategy for the treatment of high-risk neuroblastoma patients.
Bibliographical noteThese authors jointly supervised this work: Ramin Massoumi and Mohamed Jemaà.
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- Cancer and Oncology