Phase I study of iniparib concurrent with monthly or continuous temozolomide dosing schedules in patients with newly diagnosed malignant gliomas

J Neurooncol. 2015 Oct;125(1):123-31. doi: 10.1007/s11060-015-1876-0. Epub 2015 Aug 19.


Iniparib is a prodrug that converts to highly reactive cytotoxic metabolites intracellularly with activity in preclinical glioma models. We investigated the maximum tolerated dose (MTD) of iniparib with monthly (m) and continuous (c) temozolomide (TMZ) dosing schedules in patients with malignant gliomas (MG). Adults with newly diagnosed MG who had successfully completed ≥80% of radiation (RT) and TMZ without toxicity received mTMZ dosing (150-200 mg/m(2) days 1-5/28 days) or cTMZ dosing (75 mg/m(2)/days × 6 weeks) in conjunction with iniparib (i.v. 2 days/week) in the adjuvant setting. Iniparib was dose escalated using a modified continual reassessment method (mCRM). 43 patients (32 male; 34 GBM, 8 AA, 1 gliosarcoma; median age 54 years; median KPS 90) were enrolled across 4 dose levels. In the mTMZ group, 2/4 patients had dose limiting toxicities (DLT) at 19 mg/kg/week (rash/hypersensitivity). At 17.2 mg/kg/week, 1/9 patients had a DLT (grade 3 fatigue). Additional grade 3 toxicities were neutropenia, lymphopenia, and nausea. In the cTMZ group, one DLT (thromboembolic event) occurred at 10.2 mg/kg/week. Dose escalation stopped at 16 mg/kg/week based on mCRM. The mean maximum plasma concentration of iniparib increased with dose. Concentration of the two major circulating metabolites, 4-iodo-3-aminobenzamide and 4-iodo-3-aminobenzoic acid, was ≤5% of the corresponding iniparib concentration. Iniparib is well tolerated, at doses higher than previously investigated, in combination with TMZ after completion of RT + TMZ in patients with MG. Recommended phase 2 dosing of iniparib based on mCRM is 17.2 mg/kg/week with mTMZ and 16 mg/kg/week with cTMZ. An efficacy study of TMZ/RT + iniparib followed by TMZ + iniparib in newly diagnosed GBM using these doses has completed enrollment. Survival assessment is ongoing.

Keywords: Combination therapy; Cytotoxic; Dose finding; Malignant glioma; Newly diagnosed.

Publication types

  • Clinical Trial, Phase I
  • Multicenter Study
  • Randomized Controlled Trial
  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Antineoplastic Agents, Alkylating / administration & dosage*
  • Antineoplastic Combined Chemotherapy Protocols
  • Benzamides / therapeutic use*
  • Brain / drug effects
  • Brain / pathology
  • Brain Neoplasms / drug therapy*
  • Dacarbazine / administration & dosage
  • Dacarbazine / analogs & derivatives*
  • Dose-Response Relationship, Drug
  • Drug Administration Schedule
  • Female
  • Glioma / drug therapy*
  • Humans
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging
  • Male
  • Maximum Tolerated Dose
  • Middle Aged
  • Poly(ADP-ribose) Polymerase Inhibitors / therapeutic use*
  • Temozolomide
  • Treatment Outcome


  • Antineoplastic Agents, Alkylating
  • Benzamides
  • Poly(ADP-ribose) Polymerase Inhibitors
  • iniparib
  • Dacarbazine
  • Temozolomide