Phase I and pharmacokinetics trial of ABI-007, a novel nanoparticle formulation of paclitaxel in patients with advanced nonhematologic malignancies

David W. Nyman, Kimberley J. Campbell, Evan Hersh, Kristen Long, Kelly Richardson, Vuong Trieu, Neil Desai, Michael J. Hawkins, Daniel D. Von Hoff

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Purpose: ABI-007 is a novel solvent-free, albumin-bound, 130-nm particle formulation of paclitaxel designed to avoid solvent-related toxicities and to deliver paclitaxel to tumors via molecular pathways involving an endothelial cell-surface albumin receptor (gp60) and an albumin-binding protein expressed by tumor cells and secreted into the tumor interstitium (secreted protein acid rich in cysteine). This study determined the maximum-tolerated dose (MTD) of ABI-007 monotherapy administered weekly (three weekly doses, repeated every 4 weeks) and assessed the pharmacokinetics of paclitaxel administered as ABI-007. Patients and Methods: Patients with advanced nonhematologic malignancies received ABI-007 without premedication at dose levels from 80 to 200 mg/m 2 as a 30-minute intravenous infusion once a week for 3 weeks, followed by 1 week of rest (one cycle). Results: Thirty-nine patients were treated with an average of five cycles of ABI-007; 33% of patients received a six cycles of treatment. MTDs for heavily and lightly pretreated patients were 100 and 150 mg/m2, respectively; and the dose-limiting toxicities were grade 4 neutropenia and grade 3 peripheral neuropathy, respectively. Maximum paclitaxel concentration and area under the curve increased linearly with dose. Dose-dependent changes in plasma clearance did not occur. Partial responses were observed in five patients with breast, lung, and ovarian cancers, all of whom had previously been treated with paclitaxel containing polyoxyethylated castor oil in the formulation. Conclusion: This study demonstrated that weekly ABI-007 can be administered at doses exceeding those typically used for paclitaxel containing polyoxyethylated castor oil. Pharmacokinetics were linear over the dose range studied. Antitumor responses occurred in patients previously treated with paclitaxel containing polyoxyethylated castor oil.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)7785-7793
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Clinical Oncology
Issue number31
StatePublished - Dec 1 2005


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oncology
  • Cancer Research

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