Safety, pharmacokinetics, and pharmacodynamic properties of oral DEBIO1143 (AT-406) in patients with advanced cancer: Results of a first-in-man study

Herbert I. Hurwitz, David C. Smith, Henry Clement Pitot, Jeffrey M. Brill, Rashmi Chugh, Elisabeth Rouits, Joseph Rubin, John Strickler, Gregoire Vuagniaux, J. Mel Sorensen, Claudio Zanna

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Abstract

Purpose: To assess safety/tolerability, pharmacokinetics (PK), pharmacodynamics (PD), and antitumor activity of DEBIO1143, an antagonist of inhibitor apoptosis proteins. Methods: This first-in-man study in patients with advanced cancer used an accelerated dose titration design. DEBIO1143 was given orally once daily on days 1-5 every 2 or 3 weeks until disease progressed or patients dropped out. The starting dose of 5 mg was escalated by 100 % in single patients until related grade 2 toxicity occurred. This triggered expansion to cohorts of three and subsequently six patients and reduction in dose increments to 50 %. Maximum tolerated dose (MTD) was exceeded when any two patients within the same cohort experienced dose-limiting toxicity (DLT). On days 1 and 5, PK and PD samples were taken. Results: Thirty-one patients received doses from 5 to 900 mg. Only one DLT was reported at 180 mg. No MTD was found. Most common adverse drug reactions were fatigue (26 %), nausea (23 %), and vomiting (13 %). Average t max and T 1/2 was about 1 and 6 h, respectively. Exposure increased proportionally with doses from 80 to 900 mg, without accumulation over 5 days. Plasma CCL2 increased at 3-6 h postdose and epithelial apoptosis marker M30 on day 5; cIAP-1 levels in PBMCs decreased at all doses >80 mg. Five patients (17 %) had stable disease as the best treatment response. Conclusion: DEBIO1143 was well tolerated at doses up to 900 mg and elicited PD effects at doses greater 80 mg. Limited antitumor activity may suggest development rather as adjunct treatment.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)851-859
Number of pages9
JournalCancer Chemotherapy and Pharmacology
Volume75
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - 2015

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Keywords

  • Apoptosis
  • AT-406
  • Cancer
  • DEBIO1143
  • IAP
  • Resistance

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cancer Research
  • Oncology
  • Pharmacology
  • Pharmacology (medical)
  • Toxicology

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Hurwitz, H. I., Smith, D. C., Pitot, H. C., Brill, J. M., Chugh, R., Rouits, E., Rubin, J., Strickler, J., Vuagniaux, G., Sorensen, J. M., & Zanna, C. (2015). Safety, pharmacokinetics, and pharmacodynamic properties of oral DEBIO1143 (AT-406) in patients with advanced cancer: Results of a first-in-man study. Cancer Chemotherapy and Pharmacology, 75(4), 851-859. https://doi.org/10.1007/s00280-015-2709-8