A phase I, pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamic dose escalation trial of weekly paclitaxel with interferon-α2b in patients with solid tumors

Bryan Schneider, Anna Fukunaga, Daryl Murry, Christy Yoder, Karen Fife, Anne Foster, Leslie Rosenberg, Stephanie Kelich, Lang Li, Christopher Sweeney

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Purpose: Paclitaxel and interferon have demonstrated anti-angiogenic activity in vitro and in vivo. The toxicity, pharmacokinetics, and pharmacodynamics of paclitaxel with interferon-α2b (IFN-α2b) were assessed in patients with solid tumors to assess the feasibility of this novel anti-angiogenic regimen. Methods: IFN-α2b (1 million units) was administered twice daily by subcutaneous injection. Paclitaxel was given weekly over 1 h starting at 30 mg/m2 and increased to 50 mg/m2. Cycles were repeated every 4 weeks. Results: Nineteen patients with a variety of solid tumors were enrolled. Dose-limiting toxicity in cycle 1 was observed at 50 mg/m2. Eleven patients were treated at 40 mg/m2 with no undue toxicity. Pharmacokinetic parameter comparison studies were completed in 11 patients who received days 1 and 29 paclitaxel. Mean paclitaxel clearance and area under the curve (0-∞) were not statistically different from days 1 to 29. There was a 50% increase in the average Cmax from days 1 to 29. There was also a 73% decrease of matrix metalloproteinase-9 (MMP-9) levels in these 11 patients from days 1 to 29 (p < 0.0005). All three patients with cutaneous angiosarcomas experienced clinically meaningful remissions. In addition, minor responses were observed in one patient with heavily pretreated ovarian cancer and another with adrenocortical carcinoma. Conclusion: This trial details the inability to dose escalate to the maximum tolerated dose of weekly paclitaxel when combined with low-dose interferon. However, this low-dose regimen caused a significant decrease in MMP-9 and demonstrated anti-cancer activity in cutaneous angiosarcomas.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)261-268
Number of pages8
JournalCancer Chemotherapy and Pharmacology
Issue number2
StatePublished - Feb 1 2007


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oncology
  • Toxicology
  • Pharmacology
  • Cancer Research
  • Pharmacology (medical)

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