A N Hughes

Newcastle University, Newcastle-on-Tyne, England, United Kingdom

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    ABSTRACT: The purpose of this study was to determine activity of temozolomide combined with paclitaxel or epothilone B in vitro, and to investigate the combination of temozolomide with paclitaxel in a Phase I clinical trial. Melanoma cell lines A375P and DX3 were treated with temozolomide and either paclitaxel or epothilone B. Combination indices were determined to assess the degree of synergism. In a clinical study, 21 patients with malignant melanoma were treated with increasing doses of temozolomide (orally, days 1-5), in combination with a fixed dose of paclitaxel (i.v. infusion day 1), followed by dose escalation of the latter drug. Cycles of treatment were repeated every 3 weeks. Pharmacokinetics of both agents were determined on day 1, with temozolomide pharmacokinetics also assessed on day 5. All three compounds were active against the melanoma cell lines, with epothilone B being the most potent. There was a strong degree of synergism between temozolomide and either paclitaxel or epothilone B. In the clinical study, no pharmacokinetic interaction was observed between temozolomide and paclitaxel. Dose escalation of both drugs to clinically active doses was possible, with no dose-limiting toxicities observed at 200 mg m(-2) day(-1) temozolomide and 225 mg m(-2) day(-1) paclitaxel. There were two partial responses out of 15 evaluable patients. One patient remains alive and symptom-free at 4 years after treatment. Temozolomide and paclitaxel may be administered safely at clinically effective doses. Further evaluation of these combinations in melanoma is warranted.
    British Journal of Cancer 04/2005; 92(6):1006-12. DOI:10.1038/sj.bjc.6602438 · 4.82 Impact Factor
  • Lung Cancer 09/2000; 29(1):19-20. DOI:10.1016/S0169-5002(00)80059-8 · 3.74 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: A clinical study of nolatrexed dihydrochloride (AG337, Thymitaq) in combination with paclitaxel was performed. The aims were to optimize the schedule of administration and determine any pharmacokinetic (PK) interactions between the two drugs. In vitro combination studies were performed to assist with schedule optimization. Three patients were entered on each of three different schedules of administration of the two drugs: (1) paclitaxel 0-3 h, nolatrexed 24-144 h; (2) nolatrexed 0-120 h, paclitaxel 48-51 h; (3) nolatrexed 0-120 h, paclitaxel 126-129 h. Paclitaxel was administered at a dose of 80 mg m(-2) over 3 h and nolatrexed at a dose of 500 mg m(-2) day(-1) as a 120-h continuous intravenous infusion. Plasma concentrations of both drugs were determined by high performance liquid chromatography. In vitro growth inhibition studies using corresponding schedules were performed using two head and neck cancer cell lines. In both HNX14C and HNX22B cell lines, synergistic growth inhibition was observed on schedule 2, whereas schedules 1 and 3 demonstrated antagonistic effects. In the clinical study, there was no effect of schedule on the pharmacokinetics of nolatrexed. However, patients on schedules 1 and 3 had a higher clearance of paclitaxel (322-520 ml min(-1) m(-2)) than those on schedule 2 (165-238 ml min(-1) m(-2)). Peak plasma concentrations (1.66-1.93 vs. 0.86-1.32 microM) and areas under the curve (392-565 vs. 180-291 microM min(-1)) of paclitaxel were correspondingly higher on schedule 2. The pharmacokinetic interaction was confirmed by studies with human liver microsomes, nolatrexed being an inhibitor of the major routes of metabolism of paclitaxel. Toxicity was not schedule-dependent. Nolatrexed and paclitaxel may be safely given together when administered sequentially at the doses used in this study. Studies in vitro suggest some synergy, however, due to a pharmacokinetic interaction, paclitaxel doses should be reduced when administered during nolatrexed infusion.
    British Journal of Cancer 06/2000; 82(9):1519-27. DOI:10.1054/bjoc.2000.1172 · 4.82 Impact Factor
  • European Journal of Cancer 09/1999; 35. DOI:10.1016/S0959-8049(99)81566-4 · 4.82 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Phase I studies of p.o. administered nolatrexed dihydrochloride (AG337, THYMITAQ), a nonclassical thymidylate synthase inhibitor, were performed to establish the maximum tolerated dose and a recommended dose for Phase H studies. The bioavailability and pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamic properties of oral nolatrexed were also studied. Forty-five patients were treated with oral nolatrexed every 6 h for 5 days at doses of 288-1000 mg/m2/day. The bioavailability of the oral preparation was determined, and the effect of a standard meal on nolatrexed absorption was investigated at a dose of 800 mg/m2/day. Nolatrexed plasma concentrations were analyzed by high-performance liquid chromatography. Nolatrexed was rapidly absorbed with a median bioavailability of 89% (range 33-116%), with 88% of patients above 70%. The dose-limiting toxicities were gastrointestinal, and the recommended Phase H oral dose was 800 mg/m2/day. After a standard meal, the peak plasma nolatrexed concentration achieved was lower (median, 8.3 μg/ml versus 15.0 μg/ml; P = 0.001), and the time taken to reach the peak was longer (median, 180 min versus 45 min; P = 0.00003), but the trough concentration was higher (median, 3.6 μg/ml versus 2.1 μg/ml; P = 0.004) when compared with the fasted state. The area under the nolatrexed plasma concentration versus time curve was not affected by food. Average trough nolatrexed concentration, but not dose, was significantly related to the % decrease in both thrombocytes (r2 = 0.58; C50 = 6.0 μg/ml, where C50 is the plasma concentration associated with a 50% decrease in thrombocytes) and neutrophils (r2 = 0.63; C50 = 0.6 μg/ml). Nolatrexed can be safely administered as an oral preparation at a dose of 800 mg/m2/day for 5 days. Bioavailability was close to 100% and, because inhibition of thymidylate synthase by nolatrexed is rapidly reversible, the slower absorption after a standard meal may result in a shorter duration of noninhibitory concentrations between doses.
    Clinical Cancer Research 02/1999; 5(1):111-8. · 8.19 Impact Factor