A phase I dose-finding study of the novel toll-like receptor 8 agonist VTX-2337 in adult subjects with advanced solid tumors or lymphoma

Donald W. Northfelt, Ramesh K. Ramanathan, Peter A. Cohen, Daniel D. Von Hoff, Glen J. Weiss, Gregory N. Dietsch, Kristi L. Manjarrez, Tressa D. Randall, Robert M. Hershberg

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Purpose: This phase I, open-label, uncontrolled, ascending-dose study explored the safety, maximum tolerated dose (MTD), pharmacokinetics, and pharmacology of the TLR8 agonist VTX-2337 in subjects with advanced solid tumors or lymphoma. Experimental Design: VTX-2337 doses (0.1-3.9mg/m2) were administered subcutaneously on days 1, 8, and 15 of each 28-day cycle. Safety/tolerability assessments included adverse events (AE); physical, ophthalmologic, and laboratory evaluations; and electrocardiograms. Dose-limiting toxicities (DLT) were evaluated during the first cycle. Pharmacokinetics were evaluated after the first dose. Plasma samples were quantitatively assessed for chemokines, cytokines, and other inflammatory mediators. Antitumor activity was assessed. Results: Thirty-three subjects were enrolled in 8 cohorts and received an average of 2 treatment cycles (range, 1-8 cycles). Most AEs were grades 1 to 2; the most common drug-related AEs were injection site reactions, chills, pyrexia, and influenza-like illness. One DLT was reported: grade 3 hypotension (3.9 mg/m2). The MTD was considered the highest dose administered. Peak drug plasma levels and total systemic exposure were generally dose proportional. At doses ≥0.4 mg/m2, increases above baseline levels were observed for plasma levels of G-CSF, monocyte chemoattractant protein-1, macrophage inflammatory protein-1β, and TNFα. Eight subjects (24.2%) had a best response of stable disease (median duration, 54.5 days). Conclusions: VTX-2337 is clinically well tolerated and biologically active with a predictable pharmacokinetic profile. Suitable doses for testing in combination studies were identified. Phase II placebo-controlled studies of VTX-2337 in combination with doxorubicin in ovarian cancer, and in combination with platinum chemotherapy, 5 FU, and cetuximab in head and neck cancer have been initiated (NCT #01666444 and NCT#01836029).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)3683-3691
Number of pages9
JournalClinical Cancer Research
Issue number14
StatePublished - Jul 15 2014

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oncology
  • Cancer Research


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