To evaluate the maximum-tolerated dose (MTD), safety, and efficacy of elotuzumab in combination with bortezomib in patients with relapsed or relapsed and refractory multiple myeloma (MM).
Elotuzumab (2.5, 5.0, 10, or 20 mg/kg intravenously [IV]) and bortezomib (1.3 mg/m(2) IV) were administered on days 1 and 11 and days 1, 4, 8, and 11, respectively, in 21-day cycles by using a 3 + 3 dose-escalation design. Patients with stable disease or better after four cycles could continue treatment until disease progression or unexpected toxicity. Responses were assessed during each cycle by using European Group for Blood and Marrow Transplantation (EBMT) criteria.
Twenty-eight patients with a median of two prior therapies were enrolled; three patients each received 2.5, 5.0, and 10 mg/kg of elotuzumab and 19 received 20 mg/kg (six during dose escalation and 13 during an expansion phase). No dose-limiting toxicities were observed during cycle 1 of the dose-escalation phase, and the MTD was not reached up to the maximum planned dose of 20 mg/kg. The most frequent grade 3 to 4 adverse events (AEs) were lymphopenia (25%) and fatigue (14%). Two elotuzumab-related serious AEs of chest pain and gastroenteritis occurred in one patient. An objective response (a partial response or better) was observed in 13 (48%) of 27 evaluable patients and in two (67%) of three patients refractory to bortezomib. Median time to progression was 9.46 months.
The combination of elotuzumab and bortezomib was generally well-tolerated and showed encouraging activity in patients with relapsed/refractory MM.
"ELO is a humanized monoclonal IgG1 antibody that targets CS-1, a cell surface glycoprotein with dense expression in malignant plasma cells. Targeting CS-1 has been shown to lead to natural killer (NK)-cell mediated antibody dependent cellular cytotoxicity (ADCC).17,19 Clinical trials have combined ELO with lenalidomide (LEN) and dexamethasone (DEX) in patients with relapsed myeloma. "
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Multiple myeloma is the second most common hematologic malignancy in the US. Treatments utilizing alkylating agents, corticosteroids, proteasome inhibitors, and immunomodulatory drugs have resulted in significant survival benefits, however, despite the advances, relapse is inevitable. Decreased depth and duration of response obtained with each successive relapse of disease is typical of the disease course, thereby highlighting a continuing need for new treatment options. With the introduction of monoclonal antibodies for multiple myeloma, new options for treatment in the relapsed setting are on the horizon. Among the new immunologic agents is daratumumab (DARA), a humanized antibody to CD38 with potent multifaceted antitumor activity. Phase I and II clinical trials have demonstrated significant reduction in serum M-protein and bone marrow plasma cell percentage in refractory patients, with an acceptable toxicity profile. Moreover, ex vivo studies have shown that DARA may be particularly useful in combination with currently used anti-myeloma agents. With a recent breakthrough drug designation by the US Food and Drug Administration, DARA shows promise as mono- and combination therapy for the treatment of relapsed/refractory multiple myeloma.
OncoTargets and Therapy 06/2014; 7:1095-100. DOI:10.2147/OTT.S49480 · 2.31 Impact Factor
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: During the past decade, overall results of treatment of multiple myeloma (MM) have been improved and survival curves are now significantly better with respect to those obtained with historical treatment. These improvements are linked to a deeper knowledge of the biology of disease and to the introduction in clinical practice of drugs with different mechanism of action such as proteasome inhibitors and immunomodulatory drugs (IMiDs). However, MM remains in most cases an incurable disease. For patients who relapse after treatment with novel agents, the prognosis is dismal and new drugs and therapeutic strategies are required for continued disease control. In this review, we summarize new insights in salvage therapy for relapsed/refractory MM as emerging from recent clinical trials exploring the activity of bendamustine, new generation proteasome inhibitors, novel IMiDs, monoclonal antibodies, and drugs interfering with growth pathways.
BioMed Research International 05/2014; 2014:456037. DOI:10.1155/2014/456037 · 2.71 Impact Factor
"Normal plasma cells express high levels of CS1, which correlates with high expression on MM cells (60). CS1 is an attractive therapeutic ADCC target because the available clinical data indicate that expression persists on MM cells even after conventional treatments (61–63). CS1 was originally found to engage in homotypic interactions as a self-ligand, and pretreatment of a NK cell line with recombinant CS1-Ig fusion protein was shown to stimulate killing of K562 target cells, apparently by directly activating the NK cells via homotypic interaction (64). "
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Natural killer (NK) cells are critical innate immune lymphocytes capable of destroying virally infected or cancerous cells through targeted cytotoxicity and further assisting in the immune response by releasing inflammatory cytokines. NK cells are thought to contribute to the process of tumor killing by certain therapeutic monoclonal antibodies (mAb) by directing antibody-dependent cellular cytotoxicity (ADCC) through FcγRIIIA (CD16). Numerous therapeutic mAb have been developed that target distinct cancer-specific cell markers and may direct NK cell-mediated ADCC. Recent therapeutic approaches have combined some of these cancer-specific mAb with additional strategies to optimize NK cell cytotoxicity. These include agonistic mAb targeting NK cell activating receptors and mAbs blocking NK cell inhibitory receptors to enhance NK cell functions. Furthermore, several drugs that can potentiate NK cell cytotoxicity through other mechanisms are being used in combination with therapeutic mAb. In this review, we examine the mechanisms employed by several promising agents used in combination therapies that enhance natural or Ab-dependent cytotoxicity of cancer cells by NK cells, with a focus on treatments for leukemia and multiple myeloma.
Frontiers in Immunology 12/2013; 4:481. DOI:10.3389/fimmu.2013.00481
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