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Clin Cancer Res. 2018 May 15;24(10):2285-2293. doi: 10.1158/1078-0432.CCR-17-3055. Epub 2018 Mar 2.

A Phase I Clinical Trial of Guadecitabine and Carboplatin in Platinum-Resistant, Recurrent Ovarian Cancer: Clinical, Pharmacokinetic, and Pharmacodynamic Analyses.

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Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, Chicago, Illinois.
Georgia Cancer Center at Augusta University, Augusta, Georgia.
USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center, Los Angeles, California.
Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Duke Cancer Institute, Division of Gynecologic Oncology, Durham, North Carolina.
University of Toledo College of Medicine and Life Sciences, Toledo, Ohio.
University of Florida College of Medicine, Gainesville, Florida.
Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana.
Astex Pharmaceuticals, Cambridge, United Kingdom.
Astex Pharmaceuticals Inc., Pleasanton, California.
University of Chicago Medicine, Chicago, Illinois.


Purpose: Epigenetic changes are implicated in acquired resistance to platinum. Guadecitabine is a next-generation hypomethylating agent (HMA). Here, we report the clinical results, along with pharmacokinetic (PK) and pharmacodynamic analyses of the phase I study of guadecitabine and carboplatin in patients with recurrent, platinum-resistant high-grade serous ovarian cancer, primary peritoneal carcinoma (PPC), or fallopian tube cancer (FTC).Experimental Design: Guadecitabine was administered once daily on days 1 to 5 followed by carboplatin i.v. on day 8 of a 28-day cycle. Patients had either measurable or detectable disease. Safety assessments used CTCAE v4.Results: Twenty patients were enrolled and treated. Median age was 56 years (38-72 years). The median number of prior regimens was 7 (1-14). In the first cohort (N = 6), the starting doses were guadecitabine 45 mg/m2 and carboplatin AUC5. Four patients experienced dose-limiting toxicity (DLT; neutropenia and thrombocytopenia), leading to dose deescalation of guadecitabine to 30 mg/m2 and of carboplatin to AUC4. No DLTs were observed in the subsequent 14 patients. Grade ≥3 adverse events ≥10% were neutropenia, leukopenia, anemia, nausea, vomiting, ascites, constipation, hypokalemia, pulmonary embolism, small-intestinal obstruction, and thrombocytopenia. Three patients had a partial response (PR), and 6 patients had stable disease (SD) >3 months, for an overall response rate (ORR) and clinical benefit rate of 15% and 45%, respectively. LINE-1 demethylation in PBMCs and promoter demethylation/gene reexpression in paired tumor biopsies/ascites were recorded.Conclusions: Guadecitabine and carboplatin were tolerated and induced clinical responses in a heavily pretreated platinum-resistant ovarian cancer population, supporting a subsequent randomized phase II trial. Clin Cancer Res; 24(10); 2285-93. ©2018 AACR.

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