We evaluated the safety, efficacy, pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics and predictive biomarkers of tirabrutinib, a second-generation, enhanced-selectivity Bruton's tyrosine kinase inhibitor in Japanese patients with relapsed/refractory B-cell non−Hodgkin lymphoma (B-cell NHL) and chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL). This was an open-label, multicenter, phase I study. Seventeen patients (male N = 8) with a median age of 70 years were enrolled in 4 dose cohorts (160 mg once daily [N = 3], 320 mg once daily [N = 3], 480 mg once daily [N = 4] and 300 mg twice daily [N = 7]); 4 patients had continued tirabrutinib administration as of 4 January 2018. The maximum tolerated dose was not reached. Pneumonitis (N = 1) was the dose-limiting toxicity for 300 mg twice daily. Common adverse events (AEs) were rash (35.3%) and vomiting (29.4%). Eight patients (47.1%) developed grade ≥3 AEs: neutropenia (23.5%), anemia (11.8%) and leukopenia (11.8%) were frequent. The overall response rate (≥PR) was 76.5% (13/17 patients), including 4 DLBCL patients with no CD79A/B or MYD88 mutations, and 1 CLL patient with a TP53 mutation, providing promising data for future developments. Of 16 patients with measurable lesions during the screening period, 12 showed ≥50% reductions in tumor diameter. In many patients, the tumor size decreased soon after beginning treatment. The maximum serum concentration for tirabrutinib was 611, 1220, 1280 and 886 ng/mL on Day 1 and 484, 971 1940, and 961 ng/mL on Day 28 for Cohorts 1-4, respectively. Tirabrutinib pharmacokinetics were linear, with little accumulation following multiple doses. Tirabrutinib was well tolerated and showed promising efficacy for B-cell NHL/CLL.
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- Cancer Research