Phase I Dose Finding Studies of Obatoclax (GX15-070), a Small Molecule Pan-BCL-2 Family Antagonist, in Patients with Advanced Solid Tumors or Lymphoma
ABSTRACT Two phase I, single-agent studies were conducted to determine the dose and regimen of obatoclax, an antagonist of all BCL-2 antiapoptotic proteins, for evaluation in phase II trials. The two studies, GX001 and GX005, evaluated the safety and tolerability of weekly 1-hour and 3-hour infusions of obatoclax, respectively.
Eligible patients in both studies were adults with solid tumor or lymphoma and performance status 0-1 for whom standard therapies were not appropriate. In the GX001 study an accelerated dose titration design was initially used with subsequent cohorts of three to six patients with 40% dose increments between levels. In the GX005 study three to six patients entered at each dose level with 40% dose increments between levels.
Thirty-five patients were enrolled in studies GX001 (n = 8) and GX005 (n = 27). Clinically significant central nervous system (CNS) toxicity was observed using the 1-hour infusion schedule. The obatoclax maximum tolerated dose (MTD) in GX001 was 1.25 mg/m(2) due to these infusional CNS events. The 3-hour infusion schedule studied in GX005 had improved tolerability, and the obatoclax MTD was 20 mg/m(2). One patient in GX005 with relapsed non-Hodgkin's lymphoma achieved partial response of 2 months' duration, and one patient with relapsed non-Hodgkin's lymphoma had stable disease for 18 months.
The 1-hour infusion schedule of obatoclax was associated with neuropsychiatric dose-limiting toxicities at relatively low doses (MTD, 1.25 mg/m(2)). The 3-hour i.v. infusion of obatoclax administered once weekly to patients with solid tumors was better tolerated (MTD, 20 mg/m(2)), and evidence of clinical activity was observed.
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ABSTRACT: Obatoclax, a pan-Bcl2 inhibitor, shows antitumor activities in various solid malignancies. Bcl2-deficient mice have shown the importance of Bcl2 in osteoclasts, as the bone mass of the mice was increased by the induced apoptosis of osteoclasts. Despite the importance of Bcl2, the effects of obatoclax on the proliferation and differentiation of osteoclast precursors have not been studied extensively. Here, we describe the anti-proliferative effects of obatoclax on osteoclast precursors and its negative role on fusion of the cells. Stimulation with low doses of obatoclax significantly suppressed the proliferation of osteoclast precursors in a dose-dependent manner while the apoptosis was markedly increased. Its stimulation was sufficient to block the activation of ERK MAP kinase by RANKL. The same was true when PD98059, an ERK inhibitor, was administered to osteoclast precursors. The activation of JNK1/2 and p38 MAP kinase, necessary for osteoclast differentiation, by RANKL was not affected by obatoclax. Interestingly, whereas the number of TRAP-positive mononuclear cells was increased by both obatoclax and PD98059, fused, multinucleated cells larger than 100 m in diameter containing more than 20 nuclei were completely reduced. Consistently, obatoclax failed to regulate the expression of osteoclast marker genes, including c-Fos, TRAP, RANK and CtsK. Instead, the expression of DC-STAMP and Atp6v0d2, genes that regulate osteoclast fusion, by RANKL was significantly abrogated by both obatoclax and PD98059. Taken together, these results suggest that obatoclax down-regulates the proliferation and fusion of osteoclast precursors through the inhibition of the ERK1/2 MAP kinase pathway.
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