Phase I Pilot Trial of the Bispecific Antibody MDXH210 (anti-FcγRI X anti–HER-2/neu) in Patients Whose Prostate Cancer Overexpresses HER-2/neu

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Summary:The goal of this study was to evaluate, in patients with prostate cancer, the toxicity profile and biologic activity of the bispecific antibody MDXH210, which has specificity for the non–ligand-binding site of the high-affinity immunoglobulin G receptor (FcγRI) and the extracellular domain of the HER-2/neu proto-oncogene product. Patients with prostate cancer that expressed HER-2/neu were entered into a phase I dose-escalation trial of MDXH210. Patients received an intravenous infusion MDXH210 during a period of 2 h three times per week for 2 weeks and were monitored for toxicity. Pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamic parameters were measured and included the biologic end points of monocyte-bound MDXH210, cytokine production, and clinical response. Seven patients were treated with MDXH210 doses ranging from 1 to 8 mg/m2. In general, MDXH210 was well tolerated, with only mild infusion-related malaise, fever, chills, and myalgias. No dose-limiting toxic effects were observed. Biologic effects included induction of low plasma concentrations of tumor necrosis factor-α and interleukin-6 observed immediately after MDXH210 infusion and 70% saturation of circulating monocyte-associated FcγRI with MDXH210 at a dose level of 4 to 8 mg/m2. Five of six patients had stable prostate-specific antigen levels during the course of 40 days or more. Circulating plasma HER-2/neu levels decreased by 80% at days 12 and 29 (p = 0.03 and 0.06, respectively, by the Wilcoxon signed rank test). MDXH210 can be given safely to patients with HER-2/neu–positive prostate cancer in doses of at least 8 mg/m2. At the doses studied, biologic activity was demonstrated and characterized by binding of MDXH210 to circulating monocytes, release of monocyte-derived cytokines, a decrease in circulating HER-2/neu, and short-term stabilization of prostate-specific antigen levels.

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