PDGFR-alpha and STMN1 cooperate to exacerbate cytotoxic effects of vinblastine (WP4398)

Mus musculus

Stathmin (SMTMN1) normally binds to alpha-beta tubulin heterodimers, but this process is negatively regulated by phosphorylation. In this way phosphorylated Stathmin indirectly promotes polymerization. PDGFRα dephosphorylates STMN1, which leads to increased tubulin depolymerization. Vinblastine inhibits polymerization, effectively resulting in depolymerization. During mitosis, this triggers the defense mechanism "spindle assembly checkpoint" (SAC), which and results in either apoptosis or mitotic slippage.


Kristina Hanspers , Egon Willighagen , and Eric Weitz


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Mus musculus




Disease Ontology


Pathway Ontology

cell cycle pathway


Label Type Compact URI Comment
Vinblastine Metabolite chebi:27375
Pdgfra GeneProduct ensembl:ENSMUSG00000029231
Stmn1 GeneProduct ensembl:ENSMUSG00000028832
Stmn1 GeneProduct ensembl:ENSMUSG00000028832


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