Initial testing (stage 1) of eribulin, a novel tubulin binding agent, by the pediatric preclinical testing program

E. Anders Kolb, Richard Gorlick, C. Patrick Reynolds, Min H. Kang, Hernan Carol, Richard Lock, Stephen T. Keir, John M. Maris, Catherine A. Billups, Christopher Desjardins, Raushan T. Kurmasheva, Peter J. Houghton, Malcolm A. Smith

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Abstract

Background: Antimitotic agents are essential components for curative therapy of pediatric acute leukemias and many solid tumors. Eribulin is a novel agent that differs from both Vinca alkaloids and taxanes in its mode of binding to tubulin polymers. Procedures: Eribulin was tested against the PPTP in vitro cell line panel at concentrations from 0.1nM to 1.0μM and against the PPTP in vivo xenograft panels at a dose of 1mg/kg (solid tumors) or 1.5mg/kg (ALL models) using a q4dx3 schedule repeated at Day 21. Results: In vitro eribulin demonstrated cytotoxic activity, with a median relative IC50 value of 0.27nM, (range <0.1-14.8nM). Eribulin was well tolerated in vivo, and all 43 xenograft models were considered evaluable for efficacy. Eribulin induced significant differences in event-free survival (EFS) distribution compared to control in 29 of 35 (83%) of the solid tumors and in 8 of 8 (100%) of the ALL xenografts. Objective responses were observed in 18 of 35 (51%) solid tumor xenografts. Complete responses (CR) or maintained CR were observed in panels of Wilms tumor, Ewing sarcoma, rhabdomyosarcoma, glioblastoma, and osteosarcoma xenografts. All eight ALL xenografts achieved CR or MCR. Conclusions: The high level of activity observed for eribulin against the PPTP preclinical models makes this an interesting agent to consider for pediatric evaluation. The activity pattern observed for eribulin in the solid tumor panels is equal or superior to that observed previously for vincristine.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1325-1332
Number of pages8
JournalPediatric Blood and Cancer
Volume60
Issue number8
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 1 2013

Keywords

  • Developmental therapeutics
  • PI3K inhibitor
  • Preclinical testing

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Hematology
  • Oncology

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    Kolb, E. A., Gorlick, R., Reynolds, C. P., Kang, M. H., Carol, H., Lock, R., Keir, S. T., Maris, J. M., Billups, C. A., Desjardins, C., Kurmasheva, R. T., Houghton, P. J., & Smith, M. A. (2013). Initial testing (stage 1) of eribulin, a novel tubulin binding agent, by the pediatric preclinical testing program. Pediatric Blood and Cancer, 60(8), 1325-1332. https://doi.org/10.1002/pbc.24517