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Clin Cancer Res. 2012 Jun 15;18(12):3407-13. doi: 10.1158/1078-0432.CCR-12-0482. Epub 2012 May 2.

A phase II pharmacodynamic study of preoperative figitumumab in patients with localized prostate cancer.

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Vancouver Prostate Centre, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.



Activation of the insulin-like growth factor 1 receptor (IGF-IR) is implicated in prostate cancer development and progression. This study evaluated biologic and clinical effects of figitumumab, a fully human monoclonal IGF-IR antibody, in patients with localized prostate cancer.


Eligible patients received figitumumab 20 mg/kg intravenously every 3 weeks for 3 cycles followed by prostatectomy. The primary endpoint was IGF-IR expression inhibition as assessed by immunohistochemistry.


Sixteen patients were accrued. Median age was 63 years, median prostate-specific antigen (PSA) was 7.2 μg/L (range, 2.5-35), clinical stage was T1 in four patients and T2 in 12 patients, Gleason score ≤ 7 or >7 in 15 and one patients. Two patients received only 1 cycle (patient choice and grade III hyperglycemia). A PSA decline from baseline of ≥ 25% and ≥ 50% occurred in 15 (94%) and 5 (31%) of patients. Mean figitumumab concentration was 350.4 μg/mL (range, 26.3-492.8) in plasma and 51.3 μg/g (range, 27.4-79.6) in prostate tissue. Compared with pretreatment biopsies, IGF-IR expression decreased in the prostatectomy specimens in 14 of 16 patients. The mean IGF-IR immunohistochemistry visual score was 2.1 (SD = 0.6) in biopsy and 1.1 (SD = 0.5) in prostatectomy specimens (P < 0.0001). Androgen receptor expression was also decreased and there was a trend for a decrease in downstream IGF-IR signaling components.


Figitumumab is biologically active in prostate cancer. PSA declines in treatment-naive patients were observed, potentially mediated by IGF-IR effects on androgen receptor expression. These results support the clinical relevance of IGF-IR signaling in prostate cancer and justify further clinical trials.

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