Two phase I dose-escalation studies were conducted to determine the maximum tolerated dose (MTD) and safety profile of the G(2) checkpoint abrogator CBP501, as a single agent and in combination with cisplatin.
Patients with advanced solid tumors were treated with CBP501 alone (D1/D8/D15, q4w, from 0.9 mg/m(2)), or with cisplatin (both on D1, q3w, from 3.6 mg/m(2) CBP501, 50 mg/m(2) cisplatin). Dose escalation proceeded if dose-limiting toxicity (DLT) was observed in 1 or less of 3 to 6 patients; CBP501 dose increments were implemented according to the incidence of toxicity. MTD was determined from DLTs occurring during the first two cycles.
In the combination study, the DLT was a histamine-release syndrome (HRS) occurring 10 to 60 minutes after initiating infusion that was attenuated by prophylaxis comprising dexamethasone, diphenhydramine, ranitidine, and loratadine. The MTD was 25 mg/m(2) CBP501 and 75 mg/m(2) cisplatin, with two patients at the highest dose (36.4 mg/m(2) CBP501, 75 mg/m(2) cisplatin) experiencing grade 3 HRS. The only DLT with monotherapy was transient G(3) rise of troponin in one patient. Grade 3 to 4 treatment-related events were rare. Promising activity was observed with CBP501/cisplatin, mainly in ovarian and mesothelioma patients who had previously progressed on platinum-containing regimens. Among ovarian cancer patients, low expression of DNA repair proteins was associated with partial response or stable disease.
CBP501 is well tolerated in patients as monotherapy and with cisplatin. At the recommended phase II dose (RP2D), the combination is feasible and HRS manageable with prophylaxis. Evidence of antitumor activity was observed in platinum-resistant patients.
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Malignant mesothelioma (MM) is an aggressive tumor of the serosal surfaces with a poor prognosis. Advances in the understanding of tumor biology have led to the development of several targeted treatments, which have been evaluated in clinical trials. This article is a comprehensive review of all clinical trials evaluating the effect of targeted treatments in MM.
An extensive literature search was performed in January 2011 using pubmed and medline. No constraints on publication date were applied.
Thirty-two trials exploring 17 different targeted agents in MM were found. Treatment in first- and second-line targeted agents induced response rates ranging from 0-14% and 0-16%, respectively. The tyrosine kinase inhibitor sunitinib induced partial response in 10% and stable disease in 66% of MPM patients as second-line treatment. A preliminary analysis of a phase II/III trial suggests that addition of bevacizumab to pemetrexed and cisplatin first-line treatment significantly improves disease control (CR + PR + SD) in the bevacizumab arm (73.5%) compared with treatment with pemetrexed and cisplatin without bevacizumab (43.2%) (P = 0.010). Another phase II trial did not observe any significant clinical benefit of adding of bevacizumab to gemcitabine and cisplatin.
Disease stabilization is reported in some patients with several targeted treatments and might be beneficial in subgroups of patients or in combination with classic chemotherapy. None of the hitherto explored targeted treatments can currently be recommended as standard treatment in MM.
Cancer Chemotherapy and Pharmacology 05/2011; 68(1):1-15. DOI:10.1007/s00280-011-1655-3 · 2.77 Impact Factor
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: CBP501 is a chemically modified peptide composed of twelve unnatural d-amino acids, which inhibits Chk kinase and abrogates G2 arrest induced by DNA-damaging agents. Here we identified an alphaC helix in 14-3-3 protein as a CBP501-binding site using T7 phage display technology. An affinity selection of T7 phage-displayed peptide using biotinylated CBP501 identified a 14-mer peptide NSDCIISRKIEQKE. This peptide sequence showed similarity to a portion of the alphaC helix of human 14-3-3ε, suggesting that CBP501 may bind to this region. Surface plasmon resonance (SPR) and ELISA demonstrated that CBP501 interacts with 14-3-3ε specifically at the screen-guided region. An avidin-agarose bead pull-down assay showed that CBP501 also binds to other 14-3-3 isoforms in Jurkat cells. Among the other known Chk kinase inhibitors tested, CBP501 showed the strongest affinity for 14-3-3ε. Thus, we conclude that in addition to the direct inhibition of Chk kinase activity, CBP501 directly binds to cellular 14-3-3 proteins through alphaC helix.
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Optimal management of malignant pleural mesothelioma (MPM), which is mainly based on patient characteristics and clinical stage, is not clearly defined yet, although detailed, practical guidelines for these patients have been proposed by some scientific societies. Translational research, in the field of this disease, is currently in progress and different molecular oncogenic pathways leading to the growth and progression of MPM have been characterized with recent pharmaceutical developments. However, further in-depth analysis still needs to be done for a more advanced deciphering of the step-by-step process leading from early increased mesothelial cell proliferation to invasive mesothelioma, from which we are expecting the development of definitively effective therapy. Thus, this review is an overview of the recent advances in the biology of MPM and their potential therapeutic applications in the field of MPM diagnosis and treatment.
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