PD0166285 is a potent Wee1 and Chk1 inhibitor with activity at nanomolar concentrations.PD0166285 is a novel G2 checkpoint abrogator.PD0166285 is identified to inhibit Wee1 activity at nanomolar concentrations. The inhibitor abrogates G2/M checkpoint inducing early cell division. At the cellular level, 0.5 M PD0166285 dramatically inhibits irradiation-induced Cdc2 phosphorylation at the Tyr-15 and Thr-14 in seven of seven cancer cell lines tested. This G2 checkpoint abrogation by PD0166285 is demonstrated to kill cancer cells. PD0166285 does not inhibit Cdc2/cyclin B but inhibits Chk1 kinase at a much higher concentration (3433 nM). the treatment of cells with the inhibitor is related to microtubule stabilization and decrease in cyclin D transcription. Thus, PD0166285 may be a potentially useful anti-cancer therapy
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