[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Background:
The efficacy and safety of nab-paclitaxel versus dacarbazine in patients with metastatic melanoma was evaluated in a phase III randomized, controlled trial.
Patients and methods:
Chemotherapy-naïve patients with stage IV melanoma received nab-paclitaxel 150 mg/m(2) on days 1, 8, and 15 every 4 weeks or dacarbazine 1000 mg/m(2) every 3 weeks. The primary end point was progression-free survival (PFS) by independent radiologic review; the secondary end point was overall survival (OS).
A total of 529 patients were randomized to nab-paclitaxel (n = 264) or dacarbazine (n = 265). Baseline characteristics were well balanced. The majority of patients were men (66%), had an Eastern Cooperative Oncology Group status of 0 (71%), and had M1c stage disease (65%). The median PFS (primary end point) was 4.8 months with nab-paclitaxel and 2.5 months with dacarbazine [hazard ratio (HR), 0.792; 95.1% confidence interval (CI) 0.631-0.992; P = 0.044]. The median OS was 12.6 months with nab-paclitaxel and 10.5 months with dacarbazine (HR, 0.897; 95.1% CI 0.738-1.089; P = 0.271). Independently assessed overall response rate was 15% versus 11% (P = 0.239), and disease control rate (DCR) was 39% versus 27% (P = 0.004) for nab-paclitaxel versus dacarbazine, respectively. The most common grade ≥3 treatment-related adverse events were neuropathy (nab-paclitaxel, 25% versus dacarbazine, 0%; P < 0.001), and neutropenia (nab-paclitaxel, 20% versus dacarbazine, 10%; P = 0.004). There was no correlation between secreted protein acidic and rich in cysteine (SPARC) status and PFS in either treatment arm.
nab-Paclitaxel significantly improved PFS and DCR compared with dacarbazine, with a manageable safety profile.
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: The induction of CYP2C9 by dabrafenib using S-warfarin as a probe and the effects of a CYP3A inhibitor (ketoconazole) and a CYP2C8 inhibitor (gemfibrozil) on dabrafenib pharmacokinetics were evaluated in patients with BRAF V600 mutation–positive tumors. Dabrafenib single- and repeat-dose pharmacokinetics were also evaluated. S-warfarin AUC0-∞ decreased 37% and Cmax increased 18% with dabrafenib. Dabrafenib AUC0-τ and Cmax increased 71% and 33%, respectively, with ketoconazole. Hydroxy- and desmethyl-dabrafenib AUC0-τ increased 82% and 68%, respectively, and AUC for carboxy-dabrafenib decreased 16%. Dabrafenib AUC0-τ increased 47%, with no change in Cmax, after gemfibrozil co-administration. Gemfibrozil did not affect systemic exposure to dabrafenib metabolites. Single- and repeat-dose dabrafenib pharmacokinetics were consistent with previous reports. All cohorts used the commercial capsules. More-frequent monitoring of international normalized ratios is recommended in patients receiving warfarin during initiation or discontinuation of dabrafenib. Substitution of strong inhibitors or strong inducers of CYP3A or CYP2C8 is recommended during treatment with dabrafenib. This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved
No preview · Article · Dec 2014 · The Journal of Clinical Pharmacology
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: XPO1/CRM1 is a key nuclear exporter protein that mediates translocation of numerous cellular regulatory proteins. We investigated whether XPO1 is a potential therapeutic target in melanoma using novel selective inhibitors of nuclear export (SINE). In vitro effects of SINE on cell growth and apoptosis were measured by MTS assay and flow cytometry [Annexin V/propidium iodide (PI)], respectively in human metastatic melanoma cell lines. Immunoblot analysis was used to measure nuclear localization of key cellular proteins. The in vivo activity of oral SINE was evaluated in NOD/SCID mice bearing A375 or CHL-1 human melanoma xenografts. SINE compounds induced cytostatic and pro-apoptotic effects in both BRAF wild type and mutant (V600E) cell lines at nanomolar concentrations. The cytostatic and pro-apoptotic effects of XPO1 inhibition were associated with nuclear accumulation of TP53, and CDKN1A induction in the A375 cell line with wild type TP53, while pMAPK accumulated in the nucleus regardless of TP53 status. The orally bioavailable KPT-276 and KPT-330 compounds significantly inhibited growth of A375 (p<0.0001) and CHL-1 (p = 0.0087) human melanoma cell lines in vivo at well tolerated doses. Inhibition of XPO1 using SINE represents a potential therapeutic approach for melanoma across cells with diverse molecular phenotypes by promoting growth inhibition and apoptosis.
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: This study was designed to evaluate the safety and feasibility of high-dose interleukin-2 (HD IL-2) followed by sorafenib in patients with metastatic melanoma (MM) and renal cell carcinoma (RCC). Biomarkers relevant to the antitumor effects of IL-2 that may be altered by sorafenib including the percentages of natural T-regulatory cells (Tregs), myeloid-derived suppressor cells (MDSC), and STAT5 phosphorylation (pSTAT5) in T cells were evaluated. We hypothesized that the proposed treatment schedule is feasible and safe and may lead to enhanced tumor response. A phase I dose escalation trial was conducted in patients with either metastatic RCC or MM. HD IL-2 (600,000 IU/kg IV q8h×8-12 doses) was administered on days 1-5 and 15-19, followed by sorafenib on days 29-82. The sorafenib dose was escalated. The percentage of Tregs, MDSC, and pSTAT5 in T cells were evaluated in peripheral blood by flow cytometry. Twelve of the 18 patients were evaluable for dose-limiting toxicity. No dose-limiting toxicity was observed. The treatment-related toxicity was predictable and did not seem to be additive with this schedule of administration. Partial responses were seen in 3 patients. No significant changes in the percentage of circulating Treg and MDSC were observed, whereas sorafenib did not adversely affect the ability of IL-2 to induce pSTAT5 in T cells. HD IL-2 followed by sorafenib was safe and feasible in patients with MM and RCC and did not adversely affect T-cell signaling through STAT5 in response to IL-2.This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivitives 3.0 License, where it is permissible to download and share the work provided it is properly cited. The work cannot be changed in any way or used commercially. http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/3.0.
Full-text · Article · Mar 2014 · Journal of immunotherapy (Hagerstown, Md.: 1997)
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Optimal treatment of metastases to the central nervous system (CNS) in patients with malignant melanoma remains a clinical challenge. In particular, for patients with BRAF-mutant melanoma and CNS metastases, much remains unknown about the safety and efficacy of the novel BRAF-targeted agents when administered in close sequence with radiation. We report two cases of rapid development of CNS radiation necrosis in patients with metastatic melanoma treated with the BRAF inhibitor, vemurafenib, closely sequenced with stereotactic radiosurgery or fractionated stereotactic radiation therapy. In the absence of prospective safety data from clinical trials, we advise vigilance in monitoring patients with BRAF-mutant melanoma whose treatment plan includes CNS radiation and vemurafenib and caution when assessing treatment response within the CNS in these patients.
No preview · Article · Jan 2014 · Melanoma research
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: The possibility that cytokine administration could enhance the antitumor effects of proteasome inhibition was explored. It was found that coadministration of bortezomib and interferon-α (IFN-α) induced synergistic apoptosis in human melanoma cell lines and prolonged survival in a murine model of melanoma. A phase I study was conducted to determine the tolerability and the maximum tolerated dose of bortezomib when administered in combination with IFN-α-2b to patients with metastatic melanoma. Patients were treated on a 5-week cycle. In week 1 of cycle 1, patients received 5 million U/m IFN-α subcutaneously thrice weekly. During weeks 2-4 of cycle 1, bortezomib was administered intravenously weekly along with IFN-α thrice weekly. There was a treatment break during week 5. After cycle 1, bortezomib was administered in combination with IFN-α. Bortezomib was administered in escalating doses (1.0, 1.3, or 1.6 mg/m) to cohorts of 3 patients. Sixteen patients were treated (8 women, 8 men; median age 59 y). Common grade 3 toxicities included fatigue (5), vomiting (3), and diarrhea (3). Grade 4 toxicities included fatigue (3) and lymphopenia (1). The maximum tolerated dose for bortezomib was 1.3 mg/m. One patient had a partial response, and 7 had stable disease. Progression-free survival was 2.5 months, and overall survival was 10.3 months. Bortezomib administration did not augment the ability of IFN-α to induce phosphorylation of STAT1 in circulating immune cells; however, it did lead to reduced plasma levels of proangiogenic cytokines. The combination of bortezomib and IFN-α can be safely administered to melanoma patients.
No preview · Article · Jan 2014 · Journal of immunotherapy (Hagerstown, Md.: 1997)
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: PURPOSEIn phase I/II trials, the cytotoxic T lymphocyte-associated antigen-4-blocking monoclonal antibody tremelimumab induced durable responses in a subset of patients with advanced melanoma. This phase III study evaluated overall survival (OS) and other safety and efficacy end points in patients with advanced melanoma treated with tremelimumab or standard-of-care chemotherapy. PATIENTS AND METHODS
Patients with treatment-naive, unresectable stage IIIc or IV melanoma were randomly assigned at a ratio of one to one to tremelimumab (15 mg/kg once every 90 days) or physician's choice of standard-of-care chemotherapy (temozolomide or dacarbazine). RESULTS: 10.7% in the tremelimumab arm and 9.8% in the chemotherapy arm. However, response duration (measured from date of random assignment) was significantly longer after tremelimumab (35.8 v 13.7 months; P = .0011). Diarrhea, pruritus, and rash were the most common treatment-related adverse events in the tremelimumab arm; 7.4% had endocrine toxicities. Seven deaths in the tremelimumab arm and one in the chemotherapy arm were considered treatment related by either investigators or sponsor. CONCLUSION
This study failed to demonstrate a statistically significant survival advantage of treatment with tremelimumab over standard-of-care chemotherapy in first-line treatment of patients with metastatic melanoma.
Full-text · Article · Jan 2013 · Journal of Clinical Oncology
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: A liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry method for quantification of bendamustine in mouse brain tissue was developed and fully validated. Methanol was used to precipitate proteins in brain tissue. Bendamustine and internal standard (chlorambucil) were separated with reverse-phase chromatography on a C-18 column with a gradient of water and 95% methanol in 0.1% formic acid. Positive mode electrospray ionization was applied with selected reaction monitoring to achieve 5ng/ml lower limits of quantitation in mouse brain tissue. The calibration curve for bendamustine in mouse brain was linear between 5 and 2000ng/ml. The within- and between-batch accuracy and precision of the assay were within 15% at 10, 100 and 1000ng/ml. The recovery and matrix effect of bendamustine in mouse brain tissue ranged from 41.1% to 51.6% and 107.4% to 110.3%, respectively. The validated method was then applied to quantitate bendamustine in an animal study. Results indicate the assay can be applied to evaluate bendamustine disposition in mouse brain tissue. This assay will be applied in the future to detect and quantify bendamustine in human brain tissue samples.
No preview · Article · Aug 2012 · Journal of chromatography. B, Analytical technologies in the biomedical and life sciences
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Reovirus, a replication competent RNA virus, has preclinical activity against melanoma lines and xenografts. We conducted a phase II trial of reovirus in metastatic melanoma patients. Patients received 3 × 10(10) TCID50 on days 1-5 of each 28 day cycle, administered intravenously. Twenty-one eligible patients were enrolled. Treatment was well tolerated without any dose reductions having to be implemented. Post-treatment biopsy samples were obtained in 15 patients, 13/15 contained adequate tumor for correlative analysis. In two patients, productive reoviral replication (viral antigen coexpression with tubulin) was demonstrated, despite increase in neutralizing antibody titers. There were no objective responses although 75-90% tumor necrosis, consistent with treatment effect, was observed in one patient who had metastatic lesions surgically removed. Median time to progression and survival were 45 days (range 13-96 days) and 165 days (range 15 days-15.8 months) respectively. In conclusion, reovirus treatment was well tolerated in metastatic melanoma patients; viral replication was demonstrated in biopsy samples. Based on preclinical data showing synergy with taxane and platinum compounds, a phase II combination trial in metastatic melanoma patients is ongoing.
No preview · Article · Aug 2012 · Molecular Therapy
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Brain metastases from radioresistant histologies are perceived to be less responsive to WBRT compared to other histologies, and stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS) may provide better local control. The aim of this study was to examine the outcomes of patients with 1-4 brain metastasis from radioresistant histologies (renal cell carcinoma and melanoma) treated with SRS alone. Thirty-eight patients with 1-4 radioresistant brain metastases (66 lesions) were treated with SRS alone. The median age was 55 years. Fourteen and 24 patients had renal cell carcinoma (RCC) and melanoma brain metastases, respectively. Distribution of number of lesions was as follows: one lesion, 22 patients; 2 lesions, 8 patients; 3 lesions, 5 patients; and 4 lesions, 3 patients. Distribution of RTOG recursive partitioning analysis (RPA) classes was as follows: II, 37 patients and III, 1 patient. The median marginal dose was 20 Gy. The median follow-up was 6.1 months. The 3-, 6-, 9-, 12-, and 18-month local control (LC) rates were 87.9, 81.4, 67.9, 67.9, and 60.3%, respectively. The corresponding free-from-distant-brain failure (FFDBF) rates were 71.3, 58.1, 49.8, 40.2, and 27.6%. The corresponding progression-free survival (PFS) rates were 55.3, 41.9, 33, 23.3, and 13.3%. RCC histology was associated with better LC (P = 0.0055). Although SRS alone could yield reasonable LC in patients with 1-4 radioresistant brain metastases, the risk of distant brain failure was substantial. The approach of routine omission of WBRT outside of a trial setting should be used judiciously.
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Bevacizumab is a humanized recombinant monoclonal antibody that neutralizes vascular endothelial growth factor, an agent with proangiogenic effects in melanoma. Interferon alpha (IFN-α) has antiangiogenic properties through its ability to downregulate basic-fibroblast growth factor levels. We hypothesized that the coadministration of these agents would lead to tumor regression. Patients with metastatic melanoma received bevacizumab 15 mg/kg intravenously on day 1 of the 2-week cycle. IFN-α was administered thrice weekly at 5 MU/m subcutaneously during cycle 1 and was increased to 10 MU/m during cycle 2. Patients were restaged every 6 cycles. Patients with stable disease or a response continued with therapy. Baseline serum vascular endothelial growth factor and fibroblast growth factor were measured. Twenty-five patients were accrued. Mean age was 58.4 years. Eleven patients required IFN-α dose reductions due to toxicity. Common grade 3 toxicities associated with IFN-α included fatigue and myalgia. Bevacizumab administration was associated with grade 2-3 proteinuria in 6 patients. Grade 4 adverse events were pulmonary embolus (1), myocardial infarction (1), and stroke (1). Six patients had a partial response, and 5 patients exhibited stable disease that lasted more than 24 weeks (range: 30 to 122 wk). Median progression-free survival and overall survival were 4.8 and 17 months, respectively. Significantly lower fibroblast growth factor levels were observed in patients with a partial response compared to those with stable or progressive disease (P=0.040). Administration of bevacizumab with IFN led to a clinical response in 24% of patients with stage IV melanoma and stabilization of disease in another 20% of patients. This regimen has activity in advanced melanoma.
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Stimulating an immune response against cancer with the use of vaccines remains a challenge. We hypothesized that combining a melanoma vaccine with interleukin-2, an immune activating agent, could improve outcomes. In a previous phase 2 study, patients with metastatic melanoma receiving high-dose interleukin-2 plus the gp100:209-217(210M) peptide vaccine had a higher rate of response than the rate that is expected among patients who are treated with interleukin-2 alone.
We conducted a randomized, phase 3 trial involving 185 patients at 21 centers. Eligibility criteria included stage IV or locally advanced stage III cutaneous melanoma, expression of HLA*A0201, an absence of brain metastases, and suitability for high-dose interleukin-2 therapy. Patients were randomly assigned to receive interleukin-2 alone (720,000 IU per kilogram of body weight per dose) or gp100:209-217(210M) plus incomplete Freund's adjuvant (Montanide ISA-51) once per cycle, followed by interleukin-2. The primary end point was clinical response. Secondary end points included toxic effects and progression-free survival.
The treatment groups were well balanced with respect to baseline characteristics and received a similar amount of interleukin-2 per cycle. The toxic effects were consistent with those expected with interleukin-2 therapy. The vaccine-interleukin-2 group, as compared with the interleukin-2-only group, had a significant improvement in centrally verified overall clinical response (16% vs. 6%, P=0.03), as well as longer progression-free survival (2.2 months; 95% confidence interval [CI], 1.7 to 3.9 vs. 1.6 months; 95% CI, 1.5 to 1.8; P=0.008). The median overall survival was also longer in the vaccine-interleukin-2 group than in the interleukin-2-only group (17.8 months; 95% CI, 11.9 to 25.8 vs. 11.1 months; 95% CI, 8.7 to 16.3; P=0.06).
In patients with advanced melanoma, the response rate was higher and progression-free survival longer with vaccine and interleukin-2 than with interleukin-2 alone. (Funded by the National Cancer Institute and others; ClinicalTrials.gov number, NCT00019682.).
Full-text · Article · Jun 2011 · New England Journal of Medicine