Expression of the receptor tyrosine kinase c-MET (MET, mesenchymal-epithelial transition factor) in many cancers, and its participation in multiple signal transduction pathways involved in malignant tumor growth, suggest a wide therapeutic potential for MET inhibition in human cancer. Here we describe the discovery and early clinical development of ARQ 197, a novel, selective, non-ATP-competitive inhibitor of MET. Phase I studies demonstrate that ARQ 197 has a predictable pharmacokinetics and favorable safety profile, making it a potentially ideal partner for combination with cytotoxic chemotherapies and targeted anticancer agents. Results from phase I and phase II trials demonstrate preliminary evidence of anticancer activity. New data from a global phase II randomized trial comparing a combination of ARQ 197 plus erlotinib with erlotinib/placebo, in endothelial growth factor receptor inhibitor-naïve patients with locally advanced/ metastatic non-small cell lung cancer, demonstrate improvement in progression-free and overall survival with combined therapy. Results were especially pronounced for patients with non-squamous lung cancer histologies, and in particular molecularly defined subgroups including KRAS mutations. These and other data from ARQ 197 clinical trials in hepatocellular, germ-cell, pancreatic (in combination with gemcit-abine), and colorectal (in combination with cetuximab and irinotecan) cancers further highlight the potential role of ARQ 197 in existing and emerging anticancer therapeutic regimens.
- Epithelial growth factor inhibitor
- Hepatocyte growth factor
- Kinase receptor inhibitor
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Cancer Research