First-in-human phase I dose-escalation study of the HSP90 inhibitor AUY922 in patients with advanced solid tumors

Cristiana Sessa, Geoffrey I. Shapiro, Kapil N. Bhalla, Carolyn Britten, Karen S. Jacks, Monica Mita, Vali Papadimitrakopoulou, Tim Pluard, Thomas A. Samuel, Mikhail Akimov, Cornelia Quadt, Cristina Fernandez-Ibarra, Hong Lu, Stuart Bailey, Sandra Chica, Udai Banerji

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

122 Scopus citations


Purpose: A phase I study was conducted with the primary objective of determining the maximum tolerated dose (MTD) of AUY922 in patients with advanced solid tumors. Secondary objectives included characterization of the safety, pharmacokinetic, and pharmacodynamic profiles. Patients and Methods: Patients with advanced solid tumors received 1-hour i.v. infusions of AUY922 once a week in a 28-day cycle. An adaptive Bayesian logistic regression model that employed observed dose-limiting toxicities (DLT) in the first treatment cycle was used to guide dose-escalation decisions, with the established MTD to be used in phase II studies. Results: One hundred and one patients were enrolled and explored at doses in the range of 2 to 70mg/m2. DLTs occurred in 8 patients (22-70 mg/m2) and included diarrhea, asthenia/fatigue, anorexia, atrial flutter, and visual symptoms. At 70 mg/m2, the AUY922 concentration achieved was consistent with active concentrations in a range of xenograft models. There was evidence of target inhibition in peripheral blood mononuclear cells (HSP70 induction) and tumor (client protein depletion and reduction of metabolic activity by 18F-FDGPET). The recommended phase II dose (RP2D) of 70mg/m2was proposed on the basis of toxicity and pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamic profiles. Conclusions: At the RP2D of 70 mg/m2, AUY922 exhibited acceptable tolerability, and phase II single-agent and combination studies have been initiated in patients with HER2-positive breast, gastric, and non-small cell lung cancers.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)3671-3680
Number of pages10
JournalClinical Cancer Research
Issue number13
StatePublished - Jul 1 2013

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)


Dive into the research topics of 'First-in-human phase I dose-escalation study of the HSP90 inhibitor AUY922 in patients with advanced solid tumors'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this