Kinase-like protein 18A (KIF18A) is a mitotic kinesin motor protein that regulates chromosome positioning during cell division and is overexpressed in a subset of human cancers.1-3

Preclinical studies of KIF18A gene inactivation suggest its function can be dispensable for normal somatic cell division,4,5 but cancer cells with chromosomal instability depend on KIF18A for cell division and survival,6,7 making KIF18A a potential therapeutic target.

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