Phase 0 Trial Of Azd1775 In First-Recurrence Glioblastoma Patients
Purpose: AZD1775 is a first-in-class Wee1 inhibitor with dual function as a DNA damage sensitizer and cytotoxic agent. A phase I study of AZD1775 for solid tumors suggested activity against brain tumors, but a preclinical study indicated minimal bloodâ€“brain barrier penetration in mice. To resolve this controversy, we examined the pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics of AZD1775 in patients with first-recurrence, glioblastoma. Patients and Methods: Twenty adult patients received a single dose of AZD1775 prior to tumor resection and enrolled in either a dose-escalation arm or a time-escalation arm. Sparse pharmacokinetic blood samples were collected, and contrast-enhancing tumor samples were collected intraoperatively. AZD1775 total and unbound concentrations were determined by a validated LC/MS-MS method. Population pharmacokinetic analysis was performed to characterize AZD1775 plasma pharmacokinetic profiles. Pharmacodynamic endpoints were compared to matched archival tissue. Results: The AZD1775 plasma concentrationâ€“time profile following a single oral dose in patients with glioblastoma was well-described by a one-compartment model. Glomerular filtration rate was identified as a significant covariate on AZD1775 apparent clearance. AZD1775 showed good brain tumor penetration, with a median unbound tumor-to-plasma concentration ratio of 3.2, and achieved potential pharmacologically active tumor concentrations. Wee1 pathway suppression was inferred by abrogation of G2 arrest, intensified double-strand DNA breakage, and programmed cell death. No drug-related adverse events were associated with this study. Conclusions: In contrast to recent preclinical data, our phase 0 study of AZD 1775 in recurrent glioblastoma indicates good human brain tumor penetration, provides the first evidence of clinical biological activity in human glioblastoma, and confirms the utility of phase 0 trials as part of an accelerated paradigm for drug development in patients with glioma.
Clinical Cancer Research
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Sanai, Nader; Li, Jing; Boerner, Julie; Stark, Karri; Wu, Jianmei; Kim, Seongho; Derogatis, Alanna; Mehta, Shwetal; Dhruv, Harshil D.; Heilbrun, Lance K.; Berens, Michael E.; and LoRusso, Patricia M., "Phase 0 Trial Of Azd1775 In First-Recurrence Glioblastoma Patients" (2018). Neurobiology. 298.