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Paclitaxel synergizes with exposure time adjusted CD22-targeting immunotoxins against B-cell malignancies

Fabian Müller, Stephanie Stookey, Tyler Cunningham and Ira Pastan _

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Oncotarget. 2017; 8:30644-30655. https://doi.org/10.18632/oncotarget.16141

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Fabian Müller1,2, Stephanie Stookey1,3, Tyler Cunningham1,4 and Ira Pastan1

1 Laboratory of Molecular Biology, Center for Cancer Research, National Cancer Institute, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, MD, USA

2 Department of Hematology and Oncology, University Hospital Erlangen, Erlangen, Germany

3 MD Program, University of North Caroline, Chapel Hill, NC, USA

4 MD/PhD Program, University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine, Miami, FL, USA

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Keywords: CD22-targeted immunotoxin, mantle cell lymphoma, targeted therapy, combination therapy, paclitaxel

Received: January 18, 2017 Accepted: February 18, 2017 Published: March 11, 2017


CD22-targeted recombinant immunotoxins (rIT) are active in hairy cell leukemia or acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL), but not in mantle cell lymphoma (MCL) patients. The goal was to enhance rIT efficacy in vivo and to define a strong combination treatment. Activity of Moxetumomab pasudotox (Moxe) and LR combined with paclitaxel was tested against MCL cell lines in vitro and as bolus doses or continuous infusion in xenograft models. In the KOPN-8 ALL xenograft, Moxe or paclitaxel alone was active, but all mice died from leukemia; when combined, 60% of the mice achieved a sustained complete remission. Against MCL cells in vitro, LR was more active than Moxe and the cells had to be exposed to rIT for more than 24 hours for them to die. To maintain high blood levels in vivo, LR was administered continuously by 7-day pumps achieving a well-tolerated steady plasma concentration of 45 ng/ml. In JeKo-1 xenografts, continuously administered LR was 14-fold more active than bolus doses and the combination with paclitaxel additionally improved responses by 135-fold. Maintaining high rIT-plasma levels greatly improves responses in the JeKo-1 model and paclitaxel substantially enhances bolus and continuously infused rIT, supporting a clinical evaluation against B-cell malignancies.

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