First-in-human phase I trial of anti-hepatocyte growth factor antibody (YYB101) in refractory solid tumor patients

Ther Adv Med Oncol. 2020 Jun 2;12:1758835920926796. doi: 10.1177/1758835920926796. eCollection 2020.


Background: YYB101, a humanized monoclonal antibody against hepatocyte growth factor (HGF), has shown safety and efficacy in vitro and in vivo. This is a first-in-human trial of this antibody.

Materials and methods: YYB101 was administered intravenously to refractory cancer patients once every 4 weeks for 1 month, and then once every 2 weeks until disease progression or intolerable toxicity, at doses of 0.3, 1, 3, 5, 10, 20, 30 mg/kg, according to a 3+3 dose escalation design. Maximum tolerated dose, safety, pharmacokinetics, and pharmacodynamics were studied. HGF, MET, PD-L1, and ERK expression was evaluated for 9 of 17 patients of the expansion cohort (20 mg/kg).

Results: In 39 patients enrolled, no dose-limiting toxicity was observed at 0.3 mg/kg, and the most commonly detected toxicity was generalized edema (n = 7, 18.9%) followed by pruritis and nausea (n = 5, 13.5%, each), fatigue, anemia, and decreased appetite (n = 4, 10.8%, each). No patient discontinued treatment because of adverse events. YYB101 showed dose-proportional pharmacokinetics up to 30 mg/kg. Partial response in 1 (2.5%) and stable disease in 17 (43.5%) were observed. HGF, MET, PD-L1, and ERK proteins were not significant predictors for treatment response. However, serum HGF level was significantly lowered in responders upon drug administration. RNA sequencing revealed a mesenchymal signature in two long-term responders.

Conclusion: YYB101 showed favorable safety and efficacy in patients with refractory solid tumors. Based on this phase I trial, a phase II study on the YYB101 + irinotecan combination in refractory metastatic colorectal cancer patients is planned.

Conclusion: Identifier: NCT02499224.

Keywords: hepatocyte growth factor; pharmacodynamics; pharmacokinetics; phase I; refractory cancer.

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