Discovery of epi-enprioline as a novel drug for the treatment of vincristine resistant neuroblastoma

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Neuroblastoma is a childhood solid tumour originating from undifferentiated neural progenitor cells of the sympathetic nervous system. Drug resistance of childhood cancer neuroblastoma is a serious clinical problem. In the present study, we aimed to identify novel drugs that can inhibit the growth and survival of chemoresistant neuroblastoma. High-throughput screening identified a small molecule, epi-enprioline that was able to induce apoptosis of vincristine-resistant neuroblastoma cells via the mitochondrial apoptotic pathway. Epi-enprioline reduced tumour growth in multiple preclinical models, including an orthotopic neuroblastoma patient-derived xenograft model in vivo. In summary, our data suggest that epi-enprioline can be considered as a lead compound for the treatment of vincristine-resistant neuroblastoma uncovering a novel strategy, which can be further explored as a treatment for drug-resistant neuroblastoma.


External organisations
  • University of Naples Federico II
  • University of Kent
  • Goethe University
Research areas and keywords

Subject classification (UKÄ) – MANDATORY

  • Cancer and Oncology


  • Apoptosis, Chemoresistance, Epi-enprioline, Neuroblastoma, Vincristine
Original languageEnglish
Article number6577
Number of pages15
JournalInternational Journal of Molecular Sciences
Issue number18
Publication statusPublished - 2020
Publication categoryResearch