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Invest New Drugs. 2014 Jun;32(3):555-60. doi: 10.1007/s10637-014-0074-9. Epub 2014 Feb 26.

PF-03446962, a fully-human monoclonal antibody against transforming growth-factor β (TGFβ) receptor ALK1, in pre-treated patients with urothelial cancer: an open label, single-group, phase 2 trial.

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Department of Medical Oncology, Fondazione IRCCS Istituto Nazionale dei Tumori, Via G. Venezian 1, 20133, Milan, Italy,


Despite a compelling preclinical rationale for the use of anti-angiogenic drugs in urothelial cancer (UC), short-living responses have been observed in clinical trials. PF-03446962 is a novel monoclonal antibody against Activin Receptor-Like Kinase-1 (ALK1), a type I subclass of the TGFβ receptor, with dose-dependent anti-angiogenic activity. An open label, single-group, phase 2 trial of PF-03446962 was conducted in salvage setting. Patients failing at least one chemotherapy regimen were eligible. Design provided PF-03446962 10 mg/Kg intravenously fortnightly until disease progression (PD) or unacceptable toxicity. Two-month progression-free survival (PFS) was the primary endpoint. The trial was registered with, number NCT01620970. Fourteen patients were enrolled from October 2012 to July 2013. Median age was 64 years (interquartile range [IQR]: 58.2-69.5), 9 patients had a Bellmunt score of 1-2, median number of prior drugs was 3. One stable disease and 13 PD were recorded and the study met the futility stopping rule of interim analysis. Median PFS was 1.8 months (95 %CI, 1.4-2.0). After a median follow up of 7.4 months (IQR 4.5-10.9), 8 patients are alive. Median overall survival (OS) was 8 months (95 %CI, 2.9-not estimable). Most common toxicities were thrombocytopenia (G1-2 in 5 cases, persistent G3 in one, with 3 dose delays and 1 dose interruption), fatigue and abdominal pain (G1-2 in 4 cases each). Impairment of quality of life (ESAS score) was observed as well as an increase from baseline to +2 month median levels of vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) and interleukin-8. PF-03446962 had no activity as single drug in refractory UC and we do not recommend further investigation outside of the combination with agents targeting the VEGF receptor axis.

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