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Cancer Chemother Pharmacol. 2015 Nov;76(5):1025-32. doi: 10.1007/s00280-015-2883-8. Epub 2015 Sep 29.

Safety, efficacy, and pharmacokinetics of navitoclax (ABT-263) in combination with erlotinib in patients with advanced solid tumors.

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South Texas Accelerated Research Therapeutics (START), San Antonio, TX, USA.
Yale University, New Haven, CT, USA.
AbbVie Inc., North Chicago, IL, USA.
AbbVie Biotherapeutics Inc., Redwood City, CA, USA.
Division of Hematology-Oncology, University of California Los Angeles, 2020 Santa Monica Blvd, Suite 600, Santa Monica, CA, 90404, USA.



Navitoclax (ABT-263), a novel, oral Bcl-2 inhibitor, enhances the antitumor effects of chemotherapy in vitro by lowering the apoptotic threshold. This phase I study (NCT01009073) evaluated the safety, pharmacokinetics, and preliminary antitumor activity of navitoclax combined with erlotinib in patients with advanced solid tumors.


An open-label dose escalation study included an arm evaluating navitoclax combined with erlotinib, which included a dose escalation cohort and a planned safety expansion cohort. Patients with documented cancers for whom erlotinib therapy was appropriate received erlotinib 150 mg orally once daily plus navitoclax 150 mg orally once daily, with navitoclax dose escalation via a continuous reassessment method model.


Eleven patients were enrolled, including six patients with nonsmall cell lung cancer. Dose-limiting toxicities, most commonly diarrhea, were observed in 4 patients. Navitoclax dosing remained at 150 mg/day because the maximum tolerated dose was exceeded at this starting dose. The planned dose escalation did not occur; no recommended phase II dose (RPTD) was identified, and there was no safety expansion cohort. The most common treatment-related adverse events were diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, and decreased appetite. Pharmacokinetic analysis showed no apparent interactions between co-administered navitoclax and erlotinib. No objective responses were observed; the disease control rate was 27 % (95 % CI, 6-61 %).


At the erlotinib and navitoclax doses administered, RPTD was not reached, but the safety profile of the combination was consistent with data from monotherapy studies. There were no apparent pharmacokinetic interactions between erlotinib and navitoclax. Three patients had stable disease.


Antineoplastic combined chemotherapy protocols; Bcl-2 inhibitor of transcription 1 protein; Erlotinib; Human; Navitoclax; Phase I clinical trials

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