The approval label of many drugs specifically states use in cancer of a certain tissue type, for instance, breast or lung. In any approach to precision medicine, cancer lineage should therefore be taken into account. Oncolines® includes such tissue type analysis, indicating whether anti-cancer drugs or drug candidates show preferential activity in a certain cancer tissue type. Annotation of disease indication conforms to the Cellosaurus database (Bairoch, 2018). The associated tissue types are hierarchically organized according to the Oncotree classification.
As an example, Oncolines® tissue-type analysis has revealed that the CDK4/6 inhibitor ribociclib (Kisqali®) potently inhibits proliferation of cell lines of neuroblastoma origin. This finding supports ongoing clinical studies (Geoerger et al., 2017).