Patients with bone metastases have high rates of RANKL driven bone resorption and an increased risk of skeletal morbidity. Osteoclast mediated bone resorption can be assessed by measuring urine N-telopeptide and can be inhibited by denosumab, a fully human antibody against RANKL.
Eligible patients (111) had bone metastases from prostate cancer, other solid tumors or multiple myeloma, 1 or more bone lesions and urine N-telopeptide greater than 50 nM bone collagen equivalents per mM creatinine (urine N-telopeptide greater than 50) despite the use of intravenous bisphosphonates. Patients were stratified by cancer type and screening urine N-telopeptide, and randomized to continue intravenous bisphosphonates every 4 weeks or receive 180 mg subcutaneous denosumab every 4 weeks or 180 mg every 12 weeks. The primary end point was the proportion of patients with urine N-telopeptide less than 50 at week 13. We report the efficacy results for the subset of patients with prostate cancer.
Patients with prostate cancer represented 45% (50 of 111) of the study population. At week 13, 22 of 32 (69%) patients in the denosumab arms had urine N-telopeptide less than 50 vs 3 of 16 (19%) in the intravenous bisphosphonates cohort. At week 25, 22 of 32 (69%) denosumab treated patients continued to have urine N-telopeptide less than 50 vs 5 of 16 (31%) treated with intravenous bisphosphonates. Grade 4, asymptomatic, reversible hypophosphatemia, possibly related to denosumab, was reported in 1 patient.
In patients with prostate cancer related bone metastases and increased urine N-telopeptide despite intravenous bisphosphonate treatment, denosumab normalized urine N-telopeptide levels more frequently than ongoing intravenous bisphosphonates.
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"Both have shown similar promise in clinical trials, however only Denosumab is advanced through Phase III. Administration of Denosumab showed significant efficacy by inhibiting osteolysis in patients with prostate or breast cancer bone metastasis, based on the analysis of urinary Ntelopeptide levels as a marker for bone turnover (Fizazi et al., 2009, 2013). A single dosing system of recombinant OPG (AMGN-0007) in a Phase I trial demonstrated a similar sustained reduction in bone lysis (Body et al., 2003). "
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Bone metastasis is a frequent occurrence in late stage solid tumors, including breast cancers, prostate or lung. However, the causes for this proclivity have only recently been elucidated. Significant progress has been made in the past decade toward understanding the molecular underpinnings of bone metastasis, and much of this research reveals a crucial role of the host stroma in each step of the metastatic cascade. Tumor-stromal interactions are crucial in engineering a pre-metastatic niche, accommodating metastatic seeding, and establishing the vicious cycle of bone metastasis. Current treatments in bone metastasis focus on latter steps of the metastatic cascade, with most treatments targeting the process of bone remodeling; however, emerging research identifies many other candidates as promising targets. Host stromal cells including platelets and endothelial cells are important in the early steps of metastatic homing, attachment and extravasation while a variety of immune cells, parenchymal cells and mesenchymal cells of the bone marrow are important in the establishment of overt, immune-suppressed metastatic lesions. Many participants during these steps have been identified and functionally validated. Significant contributors include integrins, (αvβ3, α2β1, α4β1), TGFβ family members, bone resident proteins (BSP, OPG, SPARC, OPN), RANKL, and PTHrP. In this review, we will discuss the contribution of host stromal cells to pre-metastatic niche conditioning, seeding, dormancy, bone-remodeling, immune regulation, and chemotherapeutic shielding in bone metastasis. Research exploring these interactions between bone metastases and stromal cells has yielded many therapeutic targets, and we will discuss both the current and future therapeutic avenues in treating bone metastasis.
Full-text · Article · Oct 2013 · Pharmacology [?] Therapeutics
"Grade 4, asymptomatic, reversible hypophosphatemia, possibly related to Denosumab, was reported in one patient. The authors concluded that in patients with prostate cancer related bone metastases and increased urine N-telopeptide despite intravenous bisphosphonate treatment, Denosumab normalized urine N-telopeptide levels more frequently than ongoing intravenous bisphosphonates. "
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Breast and prostate cancer have a propensity to metastasize to bones and cause osteolysis and abnormal new bone formation. Metastases locally disrupt normal bone remodeling. Although metastases from prostate cancer have been classified as osteoblastic based on the radiographic appearance of the lesion, data gleaned from a rapid autopsy program indicate that the same prostate cancer patient may have evidence of both osteolytic and osteoblastic disease as shown by histologic examinations. Thus, bone metastases are heterogeneous, requiring combined treatment targeting on both osteolytic and osteoblastic lesions. While Samarium-153 (Sm-153) oxabifore treatment is widely used for the relief of pain in patients with osteoblastic metastatic bone lesions, Xgeva (Denosumab) is indicated for the prevention of skeletal-related events in patients with bone metastases from solid tumors. It is a fully human monoclonal antibody that has been designed to target receptor activator of nuclear factor-kB ligand (RANKL), a protein that acts as the primary signal to promote bone removal. In many bone loss conditions, RANKL overwhelms the body's natural defense against bone destruction. The main objectives of the current pilot study were to estimate the effectiveness of bone metastases treatment by a combination of Sm-153 oxabifore and Xgeva (Denosumab). Five patients (four female and one male, aged 35-64, mean age 50.8) with multiple skeletal metastases from prostatic carcinoma (1) and breast carcinoma (4) were studied. Their mean objective pain score according to visual analog scoring system on a 1-10 scoring system was 7.8 ± 0.5 (range 6-9). Sm-153 oxabifore was administered at the standard bone palliation dose of 37 MBq/kg body weight. Xgeva (Denosumab) was administered at a dosage of 120 mg every 4 weeks, with the monitoring of calcium level and administration of calcium, magnesium, and vitamin D. Whole body (WB) bone scan was performed before and 3 months after treatment in all patients. After Sm-153 oxabifore administration, pain relief occurred within 4.4 ± 1.25 days (range 2-9 days) and the objective pain score decreased to 0.2 ± 0.2 (range 0-1). There was statistically significant difference found, according to the pain score system, before and after treatment (P < 0.0001). WB bone scan showed that in one patient, there was significant reduction in the number and intensity of bone metastases, and in four patients, there was no evidence of bone metastases found. Based on our first experience, combined treatment of bone metastases with Sm-153 oxabifore and Denosumab is effective and safe.
"Journal of Bone Oncology denosumab, resulted in significant reductions in the incidence, progress or complications of bone metastases   . Despite these significant developments, complications of bone metastases still occur in up to 50% of patients even whilst receiving antiresorptive therapy  , indicating that there are still significant unmet needs in the prevention and treatment of metastatic bone disease. "
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: The bone microenvironment provides a fertile soil for cancer cells. It is therefore not surprising that the skeleton is a frequent site of cancer metastasis. It is believed that reciprocal interactions between tumour and bone cells, known as the “vicious cycle of bone metastasis” support the establishment and orchestrate the expansion of malignant cancers in bone. While the full range of molecular mechanisms of cancer metastasis to bone remain to be elucidated, recent research has deepened our understanding of the cell-mediated processes that may be involved in cancer cell survival and growth in bone. This review aims to address the importance of the bone microenvironment in skeletal cancer metastasis and discusses potential therapeutic implications of novel insights.
Full-text · Article · Feb 2013 · Journal of Bone Oncology