A phase I dose-escalation study of TAK-733, an investigational oral MEK inhibitor, in patients with advanced solid tumors

Alex A. Adjei, Patricia LoRusso, Antoni Ribas, Jeffrey A. Sosman, Anna Pavlick, Grace K. Dy, Xiaofei Zhou, Esha Gangolli, Michelle Kneissl, Stephanie Faucette, Rachel Neuwirth, Viviana Bózon

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Purpose TAK-733, an investigational, selective, allosteric MEK1/2 inhibitor, has demonstrated antitumor effects against multiple cancer cell lines and xenograft models. This first-in-human study investigated TAK-733 in patients with solid tumors. Methods Patients received oral TAK-733 once daily on days 1–21 in 28-day treatment cycles. Adverse events (AEs) were graded using the Common Terminology Criteria for AEs version 3.0. Response was assessed using RECIST v1.1. Blood samples for TAK-733 pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics (inhibition of ERK phosphorylation) were collected during cycle 1. Results Fifty-one patients received TAK-733 0.2–22 mg. Primary diagnoses included uveal melanoma (24 %), colon cancer (22 %), and cutaneous melanoma (10 %). Four patients had dose-limiting toxicities of dermatitis acneiform, plus fatigue and pustular rash in one patient, and stomatitis in one patient. The maximum tolerated dose was 16 mg. Common drug-related AEs included dermatitis acneiform (51 %), diarrhea (29 %), and increased blood creatine phosphokinase (20 %); grade ≥ 3 AEs were reported in 27 (53 %) patients. Median Tmax was 3 h; systemic exposure increased less than dose-proportionally over the dose range 0.2–22 mg. On day 21 maximum inhibition of ERK phosphorylation in peripheral blood mononuclear cells of 46–97 % was seen in patients receiving TAK-733 ≥ 8.4 mg. Among 41 response-evaluable patients, 2 (5 %) patients with cutaneous melanoma (one with BRAF L597R mutant melanoma) had partial responses. Conclusions TAK-733 had a generally manageable toxicity profile up to the maximum tolerated dose, and showed the anticipated pharmacodynamic effect of sustained inhibition of ERK phosphorylation. Limited antitumor activity was demonstrated. Further investigation is not currently planned.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)47-58
Number of pages12
JournalInvestigational New Drugs
Issue number1
StatePublished - Feb 1 2017


  • MEK inhibition
  • Phase 1
  • Solid tumor
  • TAK-733

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oncology
  • Pharmacology
  • Pharmacology (medical)


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