Investigational New Drugs

, Volume 31, Issue 1, pp 136–144 | Cite as

Phase I dose-escalation study to examine the safety and tolerability of LY2603618, a checkpoint 1 kinase inhibitor, administered 1 day after pemetrexed 500 mg/m2 every 21 days in patients with cancer

  • Glen J. WeissEmail author
  • Ross C. Donehower
  • Tara Iyengar
  • Ramesh K. Ramanathan
  • Karen Lewandowski
  • Eric Westin
  • Karla Hurt
  • Scott M. Hynes
  • Stephen P. Anthony
  • Scott McKane


Purpose This phase I study aims at assessing the safety and tolerability of LY2603618, a selective inhibitor of Checkpoint Kinase 1, in combination with pemetrexed and determining the maximum tolerable dose and the pharmacokinetic parameters. Experimental design This was an open-label, multicenter, dose-escalation study in patients with advanced solid tumors. Increasing doses of LY2603618 (40–195 mg/m2) were combined with 500 mg/m2 of pemetrexed. LY2603618 was administered on Days 1 and 9 and pemetrexed on Day 8 in a 28-day cycle. For all subsequent 21-day cycles, pemetrexed was administered on Day 1 and LY2603618 on Day 2. Antitumor activity was evaluated as per Response Evaluation Criteria in Solid Tumors 1.0. Results A total of 31 patients were enrolled into six cohorts (three at 40 mg/m2 over 4.5-hour infusion, 1-hour infusion in subsequent cohorts: three each at 40 mg/m2, 70 mg/m2, and 195 mg/m2; 13 at 105 mg/m2; six at 150 mg/m2). Four patients experienced a dose-limiting toxicity: diarrhea (105 mg/m2); reversible infusion-related reaction (150 mg/m2); thrombocytopenia (195 mg/m2); and fatigue (195 mg/m2). The maximum tolerated dose was defined as 150 mg/m2. The pharmacokinetic data demonstrated that the exposure of LY2603618 increased in a dose-dependent manner, displayed a suitable half-life for maintaining required human exposures while minimizing the intra- and inter-cycle accumulation, and was unaffected by the pemetrexed administration. The pharmacokinetic-defined biologically efficacious dose was achieved at doses ≥105 mg/m2. Conclusion LY2603618 administered approximately 24 h after pemetrexed showed acceptable safety and pharmacokinetic profiles.


LY2603618 Pemetrexed Checkpoint kinase inhibitor Cancer 



This phase I study was funded by Eli Lilly and Company (Study Code: I2I-MC-JMMB). We thank the patients who participated in this trial and the study coordinators, nurse practitioners, clinical research assistants, and doctors who provided valuable assistance in this study. We also thank Dr. Richard Gaynor for his interest and support, Rodney Decker for pharmacokinetic analyst support, and Kate Trenor for project management support and services with Novella Clinical (formerly Prologue Research International), Columbus, OH. We would like to acknowledge the medical writing assistance provided by PRIMO Scientific Corporation, Panama, Rep. of Panama.

Conflicts of interest

GJ Weiss is a consultant/advisory board member of Merrimack Pharmaceuticals, Cephalon, Inc., Eli Lilly and Genzyme Corporation.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Glen J. Weiss
    • 1
    Email author
  • Ross C. Donehower
    • 2
  • Tara Iyengar
    • 1
  • Ramesh K. Ramanathan
    • 1
  • Karen Lewandowski
    • 1
  • Eric Westin
    • 3
  • Karla Hurt
    • 3
  • Scott M. Hynes
    • 3
  • Stephen P. Anthony
    • 1
  • Scott McKane
    • 4
  1. 1.Virginia G. Piper Cancer Center Clinical Trials at Scottsdale Healthcare/TGenScottsdaleUSA
  2. 2.Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center at Johns HopkinsBaltimoreUSA
  3. 3.Eli Lilly and CompanyIndianapolisIndiana
  4. 4.PharmaNet/i3Eden PrairieUSA

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