Volasertib preclinical activity in high-risk hepatoblastoma

Study ID Alternative Stable ID Type
EGAS00001004827 Other

Study Description

Relapsed and metastatic hepatoblastoma represents an unmet clinical need with limited chemotherapy treatment options. In a chemical screen, we identified volasertib as an agent with in vitro activity, inhibiting hepatoblastoma cell growth while sparing normal hepatocytes. Volasertib targets PLK1 and prevents the progression of mitosis, resulting in eventual cell death. PLK1 is overexpressed in hepatoblastoma biopsies relative to normal liver tissue. As a potential therapeutic strategy, we tested the combination of volasertib and the relapse-related hepatoblastoma chemotherapeutic irinotecan. We found both in vitro and in vivo efficacy of this combination, which may merit further preclinical investigation and exploration for a clinical trial concept.

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Dataset ID Description Technology Samples
This dataset contains DNA sequencing data for twelve hepatoblastoma tumor samples, four of which have matched normals. Nine of the samples also have RNA sequencing data from the tumor sample. The dataset comprises six samples from patient tissues and six from cell lines; see metadata for details.
Illumina HiSeq 2500,Illumina HiSeq 4000 12

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