Iniparib plus Chemotherapy in Metastatic Triple-Negative Breast Cancer

Baylor Charles A. Sammons Cancer Center, Dallas, TX 75246, USA.
New England Journal of Medicine (Impact Factor: 55.87). 01/2011; 364(3):205-14. DOI: 10.1056/NEJMoa1011418
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Triple-negative breast cancers have inherent defects in DNA repair, making this cancer a rational target for therapy based on poly(adenosine diphosphate-ribose) polymerase (PARP) inhibition.
We conducted an open-label, phase 2 study to compare the efficacy and safety of gemcitabine and carboplatin with or without iniparib, a small molecule with PARP-inhibitory activity, in patients with metastatic triple-negative breast cancer. A total of 123 patients were randomly assigned to receive gemcitabine (1000 mg per square meter of body-surface area) and carboplatin (at a dose equivalent to an area under the concentration-time curve of 2) on days 1 and 8--with or without iniparib (at a dose of 5.6 mg per kilogram of body weight) on days 1, 4, 8, and 11--every 21 days. Primary end points were the rate of clinical benefit (i.e., the rate of objective response [complete or partial response] plus the rate of stable disease for ≥6 months) and safety. Additional end points included the rate of objective response, progression-free survival, and overall survival.
The addition of iniparib to gemcitabine and carboplatin improved the rate of clinical benefit from 34% to 56% (P=0.01) and the rate of overall response from 32% to 52% (P=0.02). The addition of iniparib also prolonged the median progression-free survival from 3.6 months to 5.9 months (hazard ratio for progression, 0.59; P=0.01) and the median overall survival from 7.7 months to 12.3 months (hazard ratio for death, 0.57; P=0.01). The most frequent grade 3 or 4 adverse events in either treatment group included neutropenia, thrombocytopenia, anemia, fatigue or asthenia, leukopenia, and increased alanine aminotransferase level. No significant difference was seen between the two groups in the rate of adverse events.
The addition of iniparib to chemotherapy improved the clinical benefit and survival of patients with metastatic triple-negative breast cancer without significantly increased toxic effects. On the basis of these results, a phase 3 trial adequately powered to evaluate overall survival and progression-free survival is being conducted. (Funded by BiPar Sciences [now owned by Sanofi-Aventis]; number, NCT00540358.).

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    • "Iniparib was subsequently investigated in using the same chemotherapy combination in metastatic TNBC. The initial phase II trial produced much excitement, showing that the addition of iniparib prolonged the median PFS from 3.6 months to 5.9 months (HR 0.59; p = 0.01) and the median OS from 7.7 months to 12.3 months (HR, 0.57; p = 0.01)[32]. However, the phase III confirmatory trial with iniparib in combination with gemcitabine plus carboplatin in metastatic TNBC was disappointingly negative, failing to meet the pre-specified criteria for the trial endpoints of PFS and OS[33]. "

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    • "Breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer related deaths in women [1]. While several targeted chemotherapeutics have been developed, the use of these drugs is limited to those patients who exhibit the proper cellular profile, such as triple negative or HER2 positive [2] [3] [4] [5] [6] [7]. In lieu of these targeted therapies, a more nonspecific treatment must be utilized. "
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    • "In fact, the data obtained for the triple-negative population was positive in terms of PFS for all agents, except for lapatinib, which may even be detrimental, sunitinib and sorafenib. Unfortunately , iniparib activity, which in a phase II study seemed very promising, was not confirmed in the phase III study [31] [41]. TNBC patients do not have the option of using antiHER2 drugs or hormonal agents, so for this population, other BAs are urgently required. "
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