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Cancer Chemother Pharmacol. 2008 Dec;63(1):65-74. doi: 10.1007/s00280-008-0712-z. Epub 2008 Mar 5.

A phase I pharmacological and biological study of PI-88 and docetaxel in patients with advanced malignancies.

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  • 1University of Colorado Heath Sciences Center, Aurora, CO, USA. laurachow@hotmail.com

Abstract

PURPOSE:

This study evaluated the safety, toxicity, pharmacological properties and biological activity of PI-88, a heparanase endoglycosidase enzyme inhibitor, with fixed weekly docetaxel in patients with advanced solid malignancies.

EXPERIMENTAL DESIGN:

This was a phase I study to determine the maximal-tolerated dose of escalating doses of PI-88 administered subcutaneously for 4 days per week, along with docetaxel 30 mg/m(2) given on days 1, 8, 15 of a 28-day schedule.

RESULTS:

Sixteen patients received a total of 42 courses of therapy. No dose-limiting toxicities were observed despite escalation to the highest planned dose level of PI-88 (250 mg/day). Frequent minor toxicities included fatigue (38%), dysgeusia (28.5%), thrombocytopenia (12%), diarrhea (14%), nausea (12%), and emesis (10%) in the 42 courses. No significant bleeding complications were observed. One patient developed a positive anti-heparin antibody test/serotonin releasing assay with positive anti-platelet factor 4/PI-88 antibodies and grade 1 thrombocytopenia in cycle 5, and was withdrawn from the study without any sequelae. PI-88 plasma concentrations (mirrored by APTT) and urinary elimination were linear and dose-proportional. Docetaxel did not alter the pharmacokinetic (PK) profile of PI-88, nor did PI-88 affect docetaxel PK. No significant relationship was determined between plasma or urine FGF-2, or plasma VEGF levels and PI-88 dose/response. Although no objective responses were observed; 9 of the 15 evaluable patients had stable disease for greater than two cycles of therapy.

CONCLUSION:

PI-88 administered at 250 mg/day for 4 days each week for 3 weeks with docetaxel 30 mg/m(2) on days 1, 8 and 15, every 28 days, was determined to be the recommended dose level for phase II evaluation. This combination was well tolerated without severe toxicities or PK interactions.

PMID:
18320191
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PMCID:
PMC2813677
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