A Phase I Trial of BKM120 (Buparlisib) in Combination with Fulvestrant in Postmenopausal Women with Estrogen Receptor-Positive Metastatic Breast Cancer

Clin Cancer Res. 2016 Apr 1;22(7):1583-91. doi: 10.1158/1078-0432.CCR-15-1745. Epub 2015 Nov 12.


Purpose: This trial was conducted to determine the maximum tolerated dose (MTD) and preliminary efficacy of buparlisib, an oral pan-class I PI3K inhibitor, plus fulvestrant in postmenopausal women with metastatic estrogen receptor positive (ER(+)) breast cancer.

Experimental design: Phase IA employed a 3+3 design to determine the MTD of buparlisib daily plus fulvestrant. Subsequent cohorts (phase IB and cohort C) evaluated intermittent (5/7-day) and continuous dosing of buparlisib (100 mg daily). No more than 3 prior systemic treatments in the metastatic setting were allowed in these subsequent cohorts.

Results: Thirty-one patients were enrolled. MTD was defined as buparlisib 100 mg daily plus fulvestrant. Common adverse events (AE) included fatigue (38.7%), transaminases elevation (35.5%), rash (29%), and diarrhea (19.4%). C-peptide was significantly increased during treatment, consistent with on-target effect of buparlisib. Compared with intermittent dosing, daily buparlisib was associated with more frequent early onset AEs and higher buparlisib plasma concentrations. Among the 29 evaluable patients, the clinical benefit rate was 58.6% (95% CI, 40.7%-74.5%). Response was not associated with PIK3CA mutation or treatment cohort; however, loss of PTEN, progesterone receptor (PgR) expression, or mutation in TP53 was most common in resistant cases, and mutations inAKT1 and ESR1 did not exclude treatment response.

Conclusions: Buparlisib plus fulvestrant is clinically active with manageable AEs in patients with metastatic ER(+)breast cancer. Weekend breaks in buparlisib dosing reduced toxicity. Patients with PgR negative and TP53 mutation did poorly, suggesting buparlisib plus fulvestrant may not be adequately effective against tumors with these poor prognostic molecular features.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Aminopyridines / administration & dosage
  • Aminopyridines / pharmacokinetics
  • Antineoplastic Combined Chemotherapy Protocols / adverse effects
  • Antineoplastic Combined Chemotherapy Protocols / therapeutic use*
  • Biomarkers, Tumor
  • Breast Neoplasms / drug therapy*
  • Breast Neoplasms / metabolism*
  • Breast Neoplasms / pathology
  • Estradiol / administration & dosage
  • Estradiol / analogs & derivatives
  • Estradiol / pharmacokinetics
  • Female
  • Fulvestrant
  • Humans
  • Middle Aged
  • Morpholines / administration & dosage
  • Morpholines / pharmacokinetics
  • Neoplasm Metastasis
  • PTEN Phosphohydrolase
  • Phosphoinositide-3 Kinase Inhibitors
  • Postmenopause*
  • Receptors, Estrogen / metabolism*
  • Receptors, Progesterone
  • Treatment Outcome


  • Aminopyridines
  • Biomarkers, Tumor
  • Morpholines
  • NVP-BKM120
  • Phosphoinositide-3 Kinase Inhibitors
  • Receptors, Estrogen
  • Receptors, Progesterone
  • Fulvestrant
  • Estradiol
  • PTEN Phosphohydrolase
  • PTEN protein, human