Cabozantinib with or without Panitumumab for RAS wild-type metastatic colorectal cancer: impact of MET amplification on clinical outcomes and circulating biomarkers.

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PURPOSE: Acquired resistance to EGFR inhibitors in metastatic colorectal cancer (mCRC) remains a hurdle for effective treatment. MET amplification has been indicated as a driver of acquired resistance. Clinical activity has been demonstrated for the combination of EGFR and MET inhibitors in mCRC. But the impact of this regimen on angiogenesis and inflammation remains largely unknown. METHODS: In this non-randomized, open-label phase Ib/II study, four patients were treated with cabozantinib alone and 25 patients received the combination of cabozantinib and panitumumab. MET amplification was detected in blood in all four patients treated with cabozantinib monotherapy and 5/25 patients treated with cabozantinib and panitumumab combination therapy. Plasma samples from 28 patients were available for biomarker analysis. RESULTS: A panel of circulating protein biomarkers was assessed in patient plasma at baseline and on-treatment. Baseline marker levels were analyzed for prognostic value for clinical outcomes, including MET amplification as a covariate. HGF and OPN were prognostic for both progression-free survival (PFS) and overall survival (OS), while six markers (IL-6, VCAM-1, VEGF-R1, TSP-2, TIMP-1, ICAM-1) were prognostic only for OS. In patients with MET amplification, baseline PDGF-AA, PDGF-BB, TGF-β1, and VEGF-C levels were significantly higher, whereas baseline TGFβ-R3 levels were significantly lower than MET non-amplified patients. On-treatment change of four markers (CD73, PlGF, PDGF-BB, VEGF) were significantly different between MET amplified and non-amplified subpopulations. CONCLUSION: This study identified circulating HGF and several inflammatory and angiogenic proteins as prognostic biomarkers. Furthermore, MET amplification status is associated with both baseline expression and on-treatment modulation of members of angiogenesis and TGF-β pathway proteins. CLINICAL TRIALS REGISTRATION NUMBER: identifier: NCT02008383.

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Cited Authors

  • Jia, J; Howard, L; Liu, Y; Starr, MD; Brady, JC; Niedzwiecki, D; Strickler, JH; Nixon, AB

Published Date

  • March 2022

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 89 / 3

Start / End Page

  • 413 - 422

PubMed ID

  • 35171350

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1432-0843

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1007/s00280-022-04404-8


  • eng

Conference Location

  • Germany