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Hesperadin is an aurora kinase inhibitor.

The small molecule inhibits chromosome alignment and segregation by limiting the function of miotic kinases Aurora B and Aurora A Hesperadin causes cells to enter Anaphase much faster, sometimes before the chromosomes are properly mono-oriented.[1]

Hesperadin, like other miotic inhibitors, limits and sometimes can stop the process of mitosis in cells. For this reason, some have considered Hesperadin's potential as a cancer-preventing drug.[2]

Hesperadin works as an inhibitor, attaching to the active sites of Aurora A and Aurora B kinases.


  1. ^ Hauf, Silke; Cole, Richard W.; LaTerra, Sabrina; Zimmer, Christine; Schnapp, Gisela; Walter, Rainer; Heckel, Armin; van Meel, Jacques; Rieder, Conly L. (2003-04-28). "The small molecule Hesperadin reveals a role for Aurora B in correcting kinetochore-microtubule attachment and in maintaining the spindle assembly checkpoint". The Journal of Cell Biology. 161 (2): 281–294. doi:10.1083/jcb.200208092. ISSN 0021-9525. PMC 2172906. PMID 12707311.
  2. ^ Jetton, Neal; Rothberg, Karen G.; Hubbard, James G.; Wise, John; Li, Yan; Ball, Haydn L.; Ruben, Larry (April 2009). "The cell cycle as a therapeutic target againstTrypanosoma brucei: Hesperadin inhibits Aurora kinase-1 and blocks mitotic progression in bloodstream forms". Molecular Microbiology. 72 (2): 442–458. doi:10.1111/j.1365-2958.2009.06657.x. ISSN 0950-382X. PMC 2697958. PMID 19320832.