Results from a randomized trial of salvage chemotherapy followed by lestaurtinib for patients with FLT3 mutant AML in first relapse.

Journal Article (Journal Article;Multicenter Study)

In a randomized trial of therapy for FMS-like tyrosine kinase-3 (FLT3) mutant acute myeloid leukemia in first relapse, 224 patients received chemotherapy alone or followed by 80 mg of the FLT3 inhibitor lestaurtinib twice daily. Endpoints included complete remission or complete remission with incomplete platelet recovery (CR/CRp), overall survival, safety, and tolerability. Correlative studies included pharmacokinetics and analysis of in vivo FLT3 inhibition. There were 29 patients with CR/CRp in the lestaurtinib arm and 23 in the control arm (26% vs 21%; P = .35), and no difference in overall survival between the 2 arms. There was evidence of toxicity in the lestaurtinib-treated patients, particularly those with plasma levels in excess of 20 μM. In the lestaurtinib arm, FLT3 inhibition was highly correlated with remission rate, but target inhibition on day 15 was achieved in only 58% of patients receiving lestaurtinib. Given that such a small proportion of patients on this trial achieved sustained FLT3 inhibition in vivo, any conclusions regarding the efficacy of combining FLT3 inhibition with chemotherapy are limited. Overall, lestaurtinib treatment after chemotherapy did not increase response rates or prolong survival of patients with FLT3 mutant acute myeloid leukemia in first relapse. This study is registered at as #NCT00079482.

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Cited Authors

  • Levis, M; Ravandi, F; Wang, ES; Baer, MR; Perl, A; Coutre, S; Erba, H; Stuart, RK; Baccarani, M; Cripe, LD; Tallman, MS; Meloni, G; Godley, LA; Langston, AA; Amadori, S; Lewis, ID; Nagler, A; Stone, R; Yee, K; Advani, A; Douer, D; Wiktor-Jedrzejczak, W; Juliusson, G; Litzow, MR; Petersdorf, S; Sanz, M; Kantarjian, HM; Sato, T; Tremmel, L; Bensen-Kennedy, DM; Small, D; Smith, BD

Published Date

  • March 24, 2011

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 117 / 12

Start / End Page

  • 3294 - 3301

PubMed ID

  • 21270442

Pubmed Central ID

  • PMC3069671

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1528-0020

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1182/blood-2010-08-301796


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States