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Cancer Chemother Pharmacol. 2010 May;66(1):151-8. doi: 10.1007/s00280-009-1145-z. Epub 2009 Sep 23.

A dose-finding and pharmacodynamic study of bortezomib in combination with weekly paclitaxel in patients with advanced solid tumors.

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The Ohio State University, B401, Starling Loving Hall, 320 W 10th av, Columbus, OH 43210, USA.



A phase I study to determine the maximum tolerated dose (MTD) of bortezomib (B) when combined with weekly paclitaxel in patients with advanced solid tumors.


Eligible patients received escalating doses of intravenous (IV) bortezomib (0.6-2 mg/m(2)) on days 2 and 9 and IV paclitaxel at 100 mg/m(2) on days 1 and 8 of a 21-day cycle. Dose escalation was based on two end-points: not exceeding 80% 20S-proteasome inhibition (20-S PI) and the development of dose-limiting toxicity defined as grade 3 or greater non-hematologic or grade 4 hematologic toxicities.


Forty-five patients with advanced solid tumors and a median of 3 prior chemotherapy regimens (range 0-9), received 318 doses (median 5, range 1-34) of bortezomib and paclitaxel. Dose-related inhibition of 20-S PI was observed with a maximum inhibition of 70-80% at the MTD of 1.8 mg/m(2) of bortezomib. At the MTD (N = 9) the following toxicities were observed: grade 4 neutropenia without fever (n = 2) and cerebrovascular ischemia (n = 1); grade 3 neutropenia (n = 3), diarrhea (n = 2), nausea (n = 1), and fatigue (n = 1); grade 2 fatigue (n = 5), diarrhea (n = 4), and dyspnea (n = 2). There was one partial response in a patient with an eccrine porocarcinoma. Stabilization of disease was observed in 7 (16%) patients, 3 of whom had advanced pancreatic cancer.


Sequential paclitaxel and bortezomib in previously treated patients with advanced solid tumors resulted in acceptable toxicity and no evidence of interaction. The recommended phase II dose of bortezomib in combination with weekly paclitaxel was 1.8 mg/m(2).

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