Open-label, multicenter, phase 1 study of alisertib (MLN8237), an aurora A kinase inhibitor, with docetaxel in patients with solid tumors

Julie Graff, Celestia S. Higano, Noah M. Hahn, Matthew Taylor, Bin Zhang, Xiaofei Zhou, Karthik Venkatakrishnan, E. Jane Leonard, John Sarantopoulos

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BACKGROUND: This study was designed to determine the safety, tolerability, and pharmacokinetics (PK) of alisertib (MLN8237) in combination with docetaxel and to identify a recommended dose for the combination. METHODS: Adults with metastatic cancer were treated on 21-day cycles with alisertib (10, 20, 30, or 40 mg) twice daily on days 1 to 7 or days 1 to 5 and with docetaxel (75 or 60 mg/m2) on day 1. The primary objectives were to assess the safety and tolerability of the combination and to determine the recommended phase 2 dose (RP2D) for future studies. Secondary objectives included an efficacy assessment and PK analyses of docetaxel and alisertib. RESULTS: Forty-one patients participated. Eight dose levels were explored with various doses of alisertib and docetaxel. The dose-limiting toxicities were neutropenic fever, neutropenia without fever, stomatitis, and urinary tract infection. The RP2D of this combination was 20 mg of alisertib twice daily on days 1 to 7 and intravenous docetaxel at 75 mg/m2 on day 1 in 21-day cycles. Eight of the 28 patients (29%) who were efficacy-evaluable had objective responses. These included 1 complete response in a patient with bladder cancer, 6 partial responses in patients with castration-resistant prostate cancer, and 1 partial response in a patient with angiosarcoma. Concomitant administration of alisertib did not produce any clinically meaningful change in docetaxel PK. CONCLUSIONS: Alisertib at 20 mg twice daily on days 1 to 7 with intravenous docetaxel at 75 mg/m2 on day 1 in a 21-day cycle was well tolerated, and the combination demonstrated antitumor activity. Cancer 2016;122:2524–33.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2524-2533
Number of pages10
Issue number16
Publication statusPublished - Aug 15 2016



  • alisertib
  • aurora A kinase
  • novel antitumor agents
  • pharmacokinetics/pharmacodynamics
  • solid tumors

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)
  • Oncology
  • Cancer Research

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