A pharmacodynamic study of rapamycin in men with intermediate- to high-risk localized prostate cancer.
PURPOSE: Given discrepancies between preclinical and clinical observations of mammalian target of rapamycin (mTOR) inhibition in prostate cancer, we sought to determine the pharmacodynamic effects of the mTOR/TORC1 inhibitor rapamycin in men with intermediate- to high-risk prostate cancer undergoing radical prostatectomy. EXPERIMENTAL DESIGN: Rapamycin was given at 3 or 6 mg orally for 14 days before radical prostatectomy in men with multifocal Gleason sum > or =7 prostate cancer; 10 untreated control subjects were included. The primary outcome was inhibition of phosphorylation of ribosomal S6 in posttreatment radical prostatectomy versus pretreatment biopsy tumor tissue, evaluated using a Simon two-stage design for pharmacodynamic efficacy. RESULTS: Thirty-two subjects were accrued: 20 at 3 mg, 2 at 6 mg, and 10 controls. No dose-limiting toxicities were observed at 3 mg; however, two of two men enrolled at 6 mg experienced dose-limiting toxicities including thrombocytopenia and fever with grade 3 stomatitis. Adverse events observed at 3 mg included stomatitis, rash, ileus, and neutropenia. Pharmacodynamic studies showed tumor S6 phosphorylation inhibition in 50% of 10 evaluable rapamycin-treated men with sufficient paired tissue [median 58% inhibition (P = 0.049) versus 2% inhibition in controls (P = 0.75)] with no significant effect on AKT activity. We observed no change in Ki-67 or caspase-3 cleavage but noted a reduction in cytoplasmic p27 staining with increased nuclear localization with rapamycin treatment. Prostate tissue rapamycin concentrations were 3- to 4-fold higher than blood. CONCLUSIONS: At 3 mg daily, rapamycin successfully and safely inhibited prostate cancer S6 phosphorylation and achieved relatively high prostate tissue concentrations. No effect on AKT phosphorylation, tumor proliferation, or apoptosis was observed.
Armstrong, AJ; Netto, GJ; Rudek, MA; Halabi, S; Wood, DP; Creel, PA; Mundy, K; Davis, SL; Wang, T; Albadine, R; Schultz, L; Partin, AW; Jimeno, A; Fedor, H; Febbo, PG; George, DJ; Gurganus, R; De Marzo, AM; Carducci, MA
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