Jos H Beijnen

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    [Show abstract] [Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Background Omacetaxine mepesuccinate is indicated in adults with chronic myeloid leukemia resistant and/or intolerant to ≥ 2 tyrosine kinase inhibitor treatments. This phase I study assessed the disposition, elimination, and safety of (14)C-omacetaxine in patients with solid tumors. Methods The study comprised a 7-days pharmacokinetic assessment followed by a treatment period of ≤ six 28-days cycles. A single subcutaneous dose of 1.25 mg/m(2) (14)C-omacetaxine was administered to six patients. Blood, urine, and feces were collected through 168 h or until radioactivity excreted within 24 h was <1 % of the dose. Total radioactivity (TRA) was measured in all matrices and concentrations of omacetaxine, 4'-desmethylhomoharringtonine (4'-DMHHT), and cephalotaxine were measured in plasma and urine. For each treatment cycle, patients received 1.25 mg/m(2) omacetaxine twice daily for 7 days. Results Mean TRA recovered was approximately 81 % of the dose, with approximately half of the radioactivity recovered in feces and half in urine. Approximately 20 % of the dose was excreted unchanged in urine; cephalotaxine (0.4 % of dose) and 4' DMHHT (9 %) were also present. Plasma concentrations of TRA were higher than the sum of omacetaxine and known metabolites, suggesting the presence of other (14)C-omacetaxine-derived compounds. Fatigue and anemia were common, consistent with the known toxicity profile of omacetaxine. Conclusion Renal and hepatic processes contribute to the elimination of (14)C-omacetaxine-derived radioactivity in cancer patients. In addition to omacetaxine and its known metabolites, other (14)C-omacetaxine-derived materials appear to be present in plasma and urine. Omacetaxine was adequately tolerated, with no new safety signals.
    Preview · Article · May 2016 · Investigational New Drugs
  • [Show abstract] [Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Aims: Enzymatic activities of thymidylate synthase (TS) and dihydropyrimidine dehydrogenase (DPD) are important for the tolerability and efficacy of the fluoropyrimidine drugs. In this study, we explored between-subject variability (BSV) and circadian rhythmicity in DPD and TS activity in human volunteers. Methods: The BSV in DPD activity (n = 20) in peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMCs) and in plasma, by means of the dihydrouracil (DHU) and uracil (U) plasma levels and DHU:U ratio (n = 40), and TS activity in PBMCs (n = 19), were examined. Samples were collected every 4 hours throughout one day for assessment of circadian rhythmicity in DPD and TS activity in PBMCs (n = 12) and DHU:U plasma ratios (n = 23). In addition, the effects of genetic polymorphisms and gene expression on DPD and TS activity were explored. Results: Population mean (±SD) DPD activity in PBMCs and DHU:U plasma ratio were 9.2 (±2.1) nmol/mg/h and 10.6 (±2.4), respectively. Individual TS activity in PBMCs ranged from 0.024-0.596 nmol/mg/h. Circadian rhythmicity was demonstrated for all phenotype markers. Between 00:30 - 02:00 h, DPD activity in PBMCs peaked, while the DHU:U plasma ratio and TS activity in PBMCs showed trough activity. Peak-to-trough ratios for TS and DPD activity in PBMCs were 1.62 and 1.69, respectively. For the DHU:U plasma ratio, peak-to-trough ratio was 1.43. Conclusions: Between-subject and circadian variability in DPD and TS activity were demonstrated. Circadian rhythmicity in DPD might be tissue dependent. The results suggest influence of circadian rhythms on phenotype-guided fluoropyrimidine dosing and support implications for chronotherapy with high-dose fluoropyrimidine administration during the night. This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved.
    No preview · Article · May 2016 · British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology
  • [Show abstract] [Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Ponatinib is a multi-targeted third generation BCR-ABL1 tyrosine-kinase inhibitor approved for specific types of leukemia. A bioanalytical assay for this drug and its N-desmethyl metabolite in mouse plasma was developed and validated using liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometric (LC-MS/MS) with liquid-liquid extraction as sample pre-treatment procedure. After extraction with tert-butyl methyl ether of both analytes with their isotopically labeled internal standards and evaporation and reconstitution of the extract, compounds were separated by reversed-phase liquid chromatography under alkaline conditions. After electrospray ionization, both compounds were quantified in the selected reaction monitoring mode of a triple quadrupole mass spectrometer. The linear assay was validated in the ranges 5-5000ng/ml for ponatinib and 1-1000ng/ml for N-desmethyl ponatinib. Within-run (n=18) and between-run (3 runs; n=18) precisions were 10% and 12% at the lower limit of quantification for the metabolite, all other precisions were ≤8% for the metabolite and ≤6% for ponatinib. Accuracies were between 92 and 108% for both compounds in the whole calibration range. The drug was sufficiently stable under most relevant analytical conditions, only ponatinib showed more than 15% hydrolytic degradation after storage for 6h and longer at ambient temperature in mouse plasma. Finally, the assay was successfully applied to determine plasma drug levels and study pharmacokinetics after oral administration of ponatinib to female FVB mice.
    No preview · Article · May 2016 · Journal of chromatography. B, Analytical technologies in the biomedical and life sciences
  • [Show abstract] [Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Purpose: To examine the pharmacokinetic (PK) profile of several candidate extended-release (ER) formulations of capecitabine in patients. Methods: In a phase 0 clinical study, PK profiles of several oral candidate ER formulations of capecitabine were compared to the PK profile of capecitabine after administration of the commercially available immediate-release (IR) tablet. A single dose of 1000 mg IR formulation (two 500 mg tablets) was administered on day 1, and a single dose of a 1000 mg candidate ER formulation of capecitabine (two 500 mg tablets) was administered on day 2. Candidate ER formulations of capecitabine differed with regard to the amount of the ER excipient (Kollidon(®) SR) in tablet matrix (0-5 % w/w) and coating (0-12 mg/cm(2)). Results: PK profiles of nine different candidate ER formulations were examined. The tablet coating seemed the main determinant for ER of capecitabine and tablet integrity. Average (±standard deviation) AUC0-2h, relative to AUC0-2h after oral administration of the IR tablet, were 43.3 % (±34.9 %) and 1.2 % (±1.2 %) for candidate ER formulations coated with 3 and 6 mg/cm(2), respectively. Corresponding AUC0-last were 93.6 % (±40.2 %) and 44.0 % (±5.4 %). Conclusion: Modulation of capecitabine release in patients can be accomplished by varying tablet coating content. Proof of principle was demonstrated for candidate ER formulations with coating content of 3 mg/cm(2).
    No preview · Article · Apr 2016 · Cancer Chemotherapy and Pharmacology
  • [Show abstract] [Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Quantification of the endogenous dihydropyrimidine dehydrogenase (DPD) substrate uracil (U) and the reaction product dihydrouracil (UH2) in plasma might be suitable for identification of patients at risk of fluoropyrimidine-induced toxicity as a result of DPD deficiency. In this paper, we describe the development and validation of a rapid and sensitive ultra-performance liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry (UPLC-MS/MS) assay for quantification of U and UH2 in human plasma. Analytes were extracted by protein precipitation, chromatographically separated on an Acquity UPLC(®) HSS T3 column with gradient elution and analyzed with a tandem mass spectrometer equipped with an electrospray ionization source. U was quantified in the negative ion mode and UH2 in the positive ion mode. Stable isotopes for U and UH2 were used as internal standards. Total chromatographic run time was 5min. Validated concentration ranges for U and UH2 were from 1 to 100ng/mL and 10 to 1000ng/mL, respectively. Inter-assay bias and inter-assay precision for U were within ±2.8% and ≤12.4%. For UH2, inter-assay bias and inter-assay precision were within ±2.9% and ≤7.2%. Adequate stability of U and UH2 in dry extract, final extract, stock solution and plasma was demonstrated. Stability of U and UH2 in whole blood was only satisfactory when stored up to 4hours at 2-8°C, but not at ambient temperatures. An accurate, precise and sensitive UPLC-MS/MS assay for quantification of U and UH2 in plasma was developed. This assay is now applied to support clinical studies with fluoropyrimidine drugs.
    No preview · Article · Apr 2016 · Journal of pharmaceutical and biomedical analysis
  • [Show abstract] [Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Many anticancer drugs have an impaired bioavailability and poor brain penetration because they are substrates to drug efflux pumps such as P-glycoprotein and Breast Cancer Resistance Protein. Elacridar is a strong inhibitor of these two drug efflux pumps and therefore has great potential to improve oral absorption and brain penetration of many anticancer drugs. Currently, a clinical formulation of elacridar is unavailable and therefore the pharmaceutical development of a drug product is highly warranted. This also necessitates the availability of an analytical method for its quality control. A reverse-phase high-performance liquid chromatographic method with ultraviolet detection was developed for the pharmaceutical quality control of products containing elacridar as the active pharmaceutical ingredient. The analytical method was validated for linearity, accuracy, precision, selectivity, carry-over, stability stock and reference solutions, stability in the final extract, stability-indicating capability and impurity testing. We found that elacridar is unstable in aqueous solutions that are exposed to light because a hydroxylation product of elacridar is formed. Therefore, sample solutions with elacridar must be protected from light.
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    [Show abstract] [Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Lenvatinib is an oral, multiple receptor tyrosine kinase inhibitor. Preclinical drug metabolism studies showed unique metabolic pathways for lenvatinib in monkeys and rats. A human mass balance study demonstrated that lenvatinib related material is mainly excreted via feces with a small fraction as unchanged parent drug, but little is reported about its metabolic fate. The objective of the current study was to further elucidate the metabolic pathways of lenvatinib in humans and to compare these results to the metabolism in rats and monkeys. To this end, we used plasma, urine and feces collected in a human mass balance study after a single 24 mg (100 μCi) oral dose of (14)C-lenvatinib. Metabolites of (14)C-lenvatinib were identified using liquid chromatography (high resolution) mass spectrometry with off-line radioactivity detection. Close to 50 lenvatinib-related compounds were detected. In humans, unchanged lenvatinib accounted for 97 % of the radioactivity in plasma, and comprised 0.38 and 2.5 % of the administered dose excreted in urine and feces, respectively. The primary biotransformation pathways of lenvatinib were hydrolysis, oxidation and hydroxylation, N-oxidation, dealkylation and glucuronidation. Various combinations of these conversions with modifications, including hydrolysis, gluthathione/cysteine conjugation, intramolecular rearrangement and dimerization, were observed. Some metabolites seem to be unique to the investigated species (human, rat, monkey). Because all lenvatinib metabolites in human plasma were at very low levels compared to lenvatinib, only lenvatinib is expected to contribute to the pharmacological effects in humans.
    Full-text · Article · Mar 2016 · Investigational New Drugs
  • [Show abstract] [Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Background: The current study was a multicenter, single-arm, phase 2 study performed to investigate the feasibility and efficacy of bevacizumab combined with docetaxel, oxaliplatin, and capecitabine (B-DOC) in patients with advanced human epidermal growth factor receptor 2 (HER2)-negative, previously untreated, gastric or gastroesophageal adenocarcinoma. Methods: Tumor HER2 status was determined centrally. Patients received 6 cycles of bevacizumab at a dose of 7.5 mg/kg, docetaxel at a dose of 50 mg/m(2) , and oxaliplatin at a dose of 100 mg/m(2) (all on day 1) combined with capecitabine at a dose of 850 mg/m(2) twice daily (days 1-14) every 3 weeks followed by maintenance with capecitabine and bevacizumab in patients with disease control. The primary objective was to demonstrate a progression-free survival (PFS) of >6.5 months, according to the 95% confidence interval (95% CI). Secondary endpoints included safety, objective response rate, overall survival (OS), analyses of circulating tumor cells (CTCs), and pharmacogenetic analyses. Results: Sixty eligible patients were enrolled. The median PFS was 8.3 months (95% CI, 7.2-10.9 months). The objective response rate was 70% (95% CI, 55%-83%) and the disease control rate was 96% (95% CI, 85%-99%). The median OS was 12.0 months (95% CI, 10.2-16.1 months). According to CTC-AE v4.0, the most common treatment-related grade ≥3 adverse events were neutropenia (20%), leukocytopenia (18%), diarrhea (15%), and nausea/vomiting (15%). The presence of CTCs at baseline was strongly predictive of PFS (hazard ratio [HR], 3.8; P =.007) and OS (HR, 3.4; P =.014). The methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase (MTHFR) 677C>T genotype was strongly associated with PFS (HR, 4.7 for TT vs CC or CT; P =.0007) and OS (HR, 5.9; P =.0001). Conclusions: The B-DOC regimen plus maintenance was feasible and active. CTCs were found to be prognostic in patients treated with B-DOC. Docetaxel-based triplet chemotherapy as a backbone for targeted therapies is feasible and deserves further study. Cancer 2016. © 2016 American Cancer Society.
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    [Show abstract] [Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: The increased fall risk associated with the use of psychotropic drugs might be caused by underlying problems in postural control that are induced by sedative side-effects of these drugs. The current literature on the effects of psychotropics on postural control only examined acute single-drug effects, and included relatively healthy young elderly. Consequently, it is unclear what the impact of the long-term use of these drugs is on gait in frail older persons with polypharmacy. Therefore, it was aimed in the present study to explore the association between the use of psychotropics, multiple other medications, frailty-related parameters and gait performance in older patients. Eighty older persons (79±5.6 years) were recruited. Comorbid diseases, frailty-related parameters, and medication-use were registered. Trunk accelerations during a 3-minute-walking-task were recorded, whereof walking speed, mean stride times, coefficient of variation (CV) of stride times, and step consistency were determined. Multivariate Partial Least Squares (PLS) regression analysis was used to examine the association between population characteristics and medication-use, versus gait parameters. A PLS-model existing of four latent variables was built, explaining 45% of the variance in four gait parameters. Frailty-related factors, being female, and laxative-use were most strongly associated with lower walking speed, higher mean stride times, higher CV of stride times, and less consistent steps. In conclusion, frailty-related parameters were stronger associated with impaired gait performance than the use of psychotropic drugs. Possibly, at a certain frailty-level, the effect of the deterioration in physical functioning in frailty is so large, that the instability-provoking side-effects of psychotropic drugs have less impact on gait.
    Full-text · Article · Feb 2016 · PLoS ONE
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    [Show abstract] [Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Background: The objective of this analysis was to determine the factors associated with early onset treatment-related toxicity in patients treated with capecitabine-based anticancer regimens in daily clinical care. Patients and methods: A total of 1463 patients previously included in a prospective cohort study and treated with standard-of-care capecitabine-based anticancer regimens (monotherapy or combined with other chemotherapy or radiotherapy) were analysed. Logistic regression models were developed to investigate associations between patient- and treatment-related factors and occurrence of early - i.e. cycle one or two - severe (grade ≥ 3) treatment-related toxicity, toxicity-related hospitalisation, and toxicity-related treatment discontinuation. Performance of models was evaluated using receiver-operating characteristic (ROC) curves and internal validity was explored using bootstrap analysis. Results: Among 1463 patients included, 231 patients (16%) experienced early severe toxicity, 132 patients (9%) were hospitalised for toxicity, and 146 patients (10%) discontinued treatment for toxicity; in total, 321 patients (22%) experienced any early toxicity-related adverse outcome. Predictors of early grade ≥3 toxicity, after adjustment for treatment regimen, were renal function (odds ratio [OR] 0.85 per 10 ml/min/1.73 m(2), p = 0.0007), body surface area (BSA) (OR 0.33 per m(2), p = 0.0053), age (OR 1.14 per decade, p = 0.0891), and elevated pre-treatment uracil concentrations (OR 2.41 per 10 ng/ml, p = 0.0046). Age was significantly associated with fatal treatment-related toxicity (OR 5.75, p = 0.0008). Area under the ROC curve (AUC) of a model to predict early grade ≥3 toxicity was 0.704 (95% confidence interval 0.666-0.743, optimism-corrected AUC 0.690). Conclusion: Renal function, BSA, and age, in addition to pre-treatment uracil, are associated with clinically relevant differences in risk of early severe toxicity in patients treated with capecitabine in routine clinical care.
    Full-text · Article · Feb 2016 · European journal of cancer (Oxford, England: 1990)
  • [Show abstract] [Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: The objective of this study was to determine whether genotyping of MIR27A polymorphisms rs895819A>G and rs11671784C>T can be used to improve the predictive value of DPYD variants to identify patients at risk of severe fluoropyrimidine-associated toxicity (FP-toxicity). Patients treated previously in a prospective study with fluoropyrimidine-based chemotherapy were genotyped for rs895819 and rs11671784, and DPYD c.2846A>T, c.1679T>G, c.1129-5923C>G, and c.1601G>A. The predictive value of MIR27A variants for early-onset grade ≥3 FP-toxicity, alone or in combination with DPYD variants, was tested in multivariable logistic regression models. Random-effects meta-analysis was performed, including previously published data. 1592 patients were included. Allele frequencies of rs895819 and rs11671784 were 0.331 and 0.020, respectively. In DPYD wild type patients, MIR27A variants did not affect risk of FP-toxicity (OR 1.3 for ≥1 variant MIR27A allele vs. none, 95%CI 0.87-1.82, p=0.228). In contrast, in patients carrying DPYD variants, the presence of ≥1 rs895819 variant allele was associated with increased risk of FP-toxicity (OR 4.9, 95%CI 1.24-19.7, p=0.023). Rs11671784 was not associated with FP-toxicity (OR 2.9, p=0.253). Patients carrying a DPYD variant and rs895819 were at increased risk of FP-toxicity compared to patients wild type for rs895819 and DPYD (OR 2.4, 95%CI 1.27-4.37, p=0.007), while patients with a DPYD variant but without a MIR27A variant were not (OR 0.4, 95%CI 0.09-1.82, p=0.236). In meta-analysis, rs895819 remained significantly associated with FP-toxicity in DPYD variant allele carriers, OR 5.4 (95%CI 1.83-15.7, p=0.002). This study demonstrates the clinical validity of combined MIR27A/DPYD screening to identify patients at risk of severe FP-toxicity. This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved.
    No preview · Article · Jan 2016 · International Journal of Cancer
  • [Show abstract] [Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: A quantitative bioanalytical liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometric (LC-MS/MS) assay for afatinib, an irreversible inhibitor of the ErbB (erythroblastic leukemia viral oncogene homolog)) tyrosine kinase family, was developed and validated. Plasma samples were pre-treated using salting-out assisted liquid-liquid extraction (SALLE) with acetonitrile, magnesium chloride and a stable isotopically labeled internal standard. After dilution, the extract was directly injected into the reversed-phase liquid chromatographic system. The eluate was transferred into the electrospray interface with positive ionization and compounds were detected in the selected reaction monitoring mode of a triple quadrupole mass spectrometer.
    No preview · Article · Jan 2016 · Journal of chromatography. B, Analytical technologies in the biomedical and life sciences
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    [Show abstract] [Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Background: Elderly patients receiving anticancer drugs may have an increased risk to develop treatment-related toxicities compared to their younger peers. However, a potential pharmacokinetic (PK) basis for this increased risk has not consistently been established yet. Therefore, the objective of this study was to systematically review the influence of age on the PK of anticancer agents frequently administered to elderly breast cancer patients. Methods: A literature search was performed using the PubMed electronic database, Summary of Product Characteristics (SmPC) and available drug approval reviews, as published by EMA and FDA. Publications that describe age-related PK profiles of selected anticancer drugs against breast cancer, excluding endocrine compounds, were selected and included. Results: This review presents an overview of the available data that describe the influence of increasing age on the PK of selected anticancer drugs used for the treatment of breast cancer. Conclusions: Selected published data revealed differences in the effect and magnitude of increasing age on the PK of several anticancer drugs. There may be clinically-relevant, age-related PK differences for anthracyclines and platina agents. In the majority of cases, age is not a good surrogate marker for anticancer drug PK, and the physiological state of the individual patient may better be approached by looking at organ function, Charlson Comorbidity Score or geriatric functional assessment.
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  • [Show abstract] [Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Aim: Three intracellularly formed metabolites are responsible for the antineoplastic effect of capecitabine: 5-fluorouridine 5'-triphosphate (FUTP), 5-fluoro-2'-deoxyuridine 5'-triphosphate (FdUTP), and 5-fluoro-2'-deoxyuridine 5'-monophosphate (FdUMP). The objective of this study was to explore the pharmacokinetics of these intracellular metabolites during capecitabine treatment. Methods: Serial plasma and peripheral blood mononuclear cell (PBMC) samples were collected from 13 patients treated with capecitabine 1000 mg QD (group A) and 8 patients receiving capecitabine 850 mg/m(2) BID for fourteen days, every three weeks (group B). Samples were collected on day 1 and, for 4 patients of group B, also on day 14. The capecitabine and 5-fluorouracil (5-FU) plasma concentrations and intracellular metabolite concentrations were determined using LC-MS/MS. Pharmacokinetic parameters were estimated using non-compartmental analysis. Results: Only FUTP could be measured in the PBMC samples. The FdUTP and FdUMP concentrations were below the detection limits (LOD). No significant correlation was found between the plasma 5-FU and intracellular FUTP exposure. The FUTP concentration-time profiles demonstrated considerable inter-individual variation and accumulation of the metabolite in PBMCs. FUTP levels ranged between <LOD and 1.0 μM on day 1, and from 0.64 to 14 μM on day 14. The area under the FUTP concentration-time curve was significantly increased on day 14 of the treatment compared to day 1 (mean ±SD: 28 ±19 μM*h vs. 2.0 ±1.9 μM*h). Conclusions: To our knowledge, this is the first time that intracellular FUTP concentrations were measured in patients treated with capecitabine. During 14 days of treatment with capecitabine twice daily, intracellular accumulation of FUTP occurs.
    No preview · Article · Dec 2015 · British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology
  • [Show abstract] [Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Background: Pazopanib is approved for the treatment of renal cell carcinoma and soft tissue sarcoma. Analyses show increased benefit in patients with plasma trough concentrations ≥20.5 μg/ml compared with patients with lower concentrations. Methods & results: We developed a DBS assay as a patient friendly approach to guide treatment. The method was validated according to US FDA and EMA guidelines and European Bioanalysis Forum recommendations. Influence of spot homogeneity, spot volume and hematocrit were shown to be within acceptable limits. Analysis of paired clinical samples showed a good correlation between the measured plasma and DBS concentrations (R(2) of 0.872). Conclusion: The method was successfully validated, applied to paired clinical samples and is suitable for application to therapeutic drug monitoring of pazopanib.
    No preview · Article · Dec 2015 · Bioanalysis
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  • [Show abstract] [Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Objective To investigate the efficacy of bevacizumab and trastuzumab combined with docetaxel, oxaliplatin, and capecitabine (B-DOCT) as first-line treatment of advanced human epidermal growth factor receptor 2 (HER2)-positive gastric cancer (GC). Methods In this multicentre, single-arm, phase II study, tumor HER2 status was determined centrally prior to treatment. Patients with advanced HER2-positive adenocarcinoma of the stomach or gastroesophageal junction (immunohistochemistry 3+ or immunohistochemistry 2+/silver in-situ hybridization positive) were treated with six cycles of bevacizumab 7.5 mg/kg (day 1), docetaxel 50 mg/m(2) (day 1), oxaliplatin 100 mg/m(2) (day 1), capecitabine 850 mg/m(2) b.i.d. (days 1-14), and trastuzumab 6 mg/kg (day 1) every three weeks, followed by maintenance with bevacizumab, capecitabine, and trastuzumab until disease progression. The primary objective was to demonstrate an improvement of progression-free survival (PFS) to >7.6 months (observed in the ToGA trial) determined according to the lower limit of the 95 % confidence interval (CI). Secondary endpoints were safety, objective response rate (ORR), and overall survival (OS). Results Twenty-five patients with HER2-positive tumors were treated with B-DOCT between March 2011 and September 2014. At a median follow-up of 17 months, median PFS was 10.8 months (95%CI: 9.0-NA), OS was 17.9 months (95%CI: 12.4-NA). One-year PFS and OS were 52 % and 79 %, respectively. The ORR was 74 % (95%CI: 52-90 %). Two patients became resectable during treatment with B-DOCT and achieved a pathological complete response. The most common treatment-related grade ≥ 3 adverse events were: neutropenia (16 %), diarrhoea (16 %), and hypertension (16 %). Conclusions B-DOCT is a safe and active combination in HER2-positive GC, supporting further investigations of DOC with HER2/vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) inhibition in HER2-positive GC.
    No preview · Article · Dec 2015 · Investigational New Drugs
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  • [Show abstract] [Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Herein we describe a case of a 62-year-old female in good clinical condition with non-small-cell lung cancer who was treated with crizotinib. After 24 days of crizotinib therapy she presented with acute liver failure. Serum aspartate aminotransferase and alanine aminotransferase levels had increased from normal prior to crizotinib start to 2053 IU/L and 6194 IU/L, respectively. Total bilirubin and prothrombin time (PT-INR) increased up to 443 IU/L and 5.33, respectively, and symptoms of hepatic encephalopathy and hepatorenal syndrome emerged. Despite crizotinib discontinuation and intensive supportive therapy, the patient died 40 days after treatment with crizotinib was initiated due to acute liver failure with massive liver cell necrosis.
    No preview · Article · Dec 2015 · Lung Cancer
  • [Show abstract] [Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: In a mouse tumour model for hereditary breast cancer, we previously explored the anti-cancer effects of docetaxel, ritonavir and the combination of both and studied the effect of ritonavir on the intratumoural concentration of docetaxel. The objective of the current study was to apply pharmacokinetic (PK)-pharmacodynamic (PD) modelling on this previous study to further elucidate and quantify the effects of docetaxel when co-administered with ritonavir. PK models of docetaxel and ritonavir in plasma and in tumour were developed. The effect of ritonavir on docetaxel concentration in the systemic circulation of Cyp3a knock-out mice and in the implanted tumour (with inherent Cyp3a expression) was studied, respectively. Subsequently, we designed a tumour growth inhibition model that included the inhibitory effects of both docetaxel and ritonavir. Ritonavir decreased docetaxel systemic clearance with 8% (relative standard error 0.4%) in the co-treated group compared to that in the docetaxel only-treated group. The docetaxel concentration in tumour tissues was significantly increased by ritonavir with mean area under the concentration-time curve 2.5-fold higher when combined with ritonavir. Observed tumour volume profiles in mice could be properly described by the PK/PD model. In the co-treated group, the enhanced anti-tumour effect was mainly due to increased docetaxel tumour concentration; however, we demonstrated a small but significant anti-tumour effect of ritonavir addition (p value <0.001). In conclusion, we showed that the increased anti-tumour effect observed when docetaxel is combined with ritonavir is mainly caused by enhanced docetaxel tumour concentration and to a minor extent by a direct anti-tumour effect of ritonavir.
    No preview · Article · Nov 2015 · The AAPS Journal

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  • 1997-2009
    • Slotervaartziekenhuis
      Amsterdamo, North Holland, Netherlands
  • 1991-2008
    • Netherlands Cancer Institute
      • • Division of Experimental Therapy
      • • Division of Molecular Biology
      Amsterdamo, North Holland, Netherlands
  • 2007
    • University Medical Center Utrecht
      Utrecht, Utrecht, Netherlands
    • University of Florence
      Florens, Tuscany, Italy
    • University of Groningen
      Groningen, Groningen, Netherlands
    • VU University Amsterdam
      Amsterdamo, North Holland, Netherlands
  • 2005
    • University of Amsterdam
      Amsterdamo, North Holland, Netherlands
  • 2002
    • Pfizer Inc.
      New York, New York, United States
  • 1988-1999
    • Utrecht University
      • Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences
      Utrecht, Utrecht, Netherlands
  • 1998
    • Erasmus MC
      • Department of Internal Oncology
      Rotterdam, South Holland, Netherlands