A phase I study of paclitaxel and continuous daily CAI in patients with refractory solid tumors.

Author(s): Azad N,  Perroy A,  Gardner E,  Imamura CK,  Graves C,  Sarosy GA,  Minasian L,  Kotz H,  Raggio M,  Figg WD,  Kohn EC

Journal: Cancer Biol Ther

Date: 2009 Oct

Major Program(s) or Research Group(s): OD

PubMed ID: 19738417

PMC ID: PMC3104675

Abstract: BACKGROUND: Carboxyamido-triazole (CAI) is a calcium influx inhibitor with anti-angiogenic and anti-invasive properties and stabilizes tumor progression in patients. We hypothesized daily oral micronized CAI with q3 week paclitaxel would be well-tolerated and active. RESULTS: Twenty-nine heavily pretreated patients [median 3 [0-7]] were enrolled on five dose levels. No additive or cumulative toxicity was observed, and grade III nonhematological toxicity was rare. Neutropenia was the most common hematologic toxicity, seen in 79% of patients, with a trend towards increasing grade with higher paclitaxel doses. The recommended phase II dose defined by the maximum tolerated dose (MTD) was CAI 250 mg daily and paclitaxel 200 mg/m(2) q3weeks. Pharmacokinetic analysis revealed paclitaxel increases CAI trough concentration at all dose levels by over 100% (p < 0.0001). A trend towards higher steady-state CAI trough concentrations was found in patients with a partial response (PR; p = 0.09). Six patients had confirmed PR (24%; 4-67 cycles, median 10); two patients had minor responses. PATIENTS AND METHODS: Eligible patients with solid tumors received micronized CAI daily (150-250 mg PO) and paclitaxel intravenously q3weeks (175-250 mg/m(2)), sequentially escalating each drug. CAI preceded paclitaxel by one week to permit pharmacokinetic analysis. Patients were assessed for toxicity, pharmacokinetics and disease outcome. CONCLUSIONS: The MTD of the combination of CAI and paclitaxel is 250 mg daily and 200 mg/m(2) q3weeks, respectively. The combination is tolerable and has potential antitumor activity.