Investigational New Drugs

, Volume 35, Issue 2, pp 198–206 | Cite as

Phase I clinical and pharmacokinetic study of PM01183 (a tetrahydroisoquinoline, Lurbinectedin) in combination with gemcitabine in patients with advanced solid tumors

  • Luis Paz-Ares
  • Martin Forster
  • Valentina Boni
  • Sergio Szyldergemajn
  • Jesús Corral
  • Samantha Turnbull
  • Antonio Cubillo
  • Carlos Fernandez Teruel
  • Iker López Calderero
  • Mariano Siguero
  • Patrick Bohan
  • Emiliano CalvoEmail author


Background To determine the recommended dose (RD) of a combination of PM01183 and gemcitabine in patients with advanced solid tumors. Methods Forty-five patients received escalating doses of PM01183/gemcitabine on Days 1 and 8 every 3 weeks (d1,8 q3wk) following a standard 3 + 3 design. Results PM01183 3.5 mg flat dose (FD)/gemcitabine 1000 mg/m2 was the highest dose level tested. Dose-limiting toxicities (DLTs) were mostly hematological and resulted in the expansion of a lower dose level (PM01183 3.5 mg FD/gemcitabine 800 mg/m2); 19 patients at this dose level were evaluable but >30% had DLT and >20% had febrile neutropenia. No DLT was observed in 11 patients treated at PM01183 3.0 mg FD/gemcitabine 800 mg/m2, which was defined as the RD. This regimen was feasible and tolerable with manageable toxicity; mainly grade 3/4 myelosuppression. Non-hematological toxicity comprised fatigue, nausea, vomiting, and transaminases increases. Fifteen (33%) patients received ≥6 cycles with no cumulative hematological toxicity. Pharmacokinetic analysis showed no evidence of drug-drug interaction. Nine of 38 patients had response as per RECIST (complete [3%] and partial [21%]), for an overall response rate (ORR) of 24% (95% Confidence Interval [CI] 12–40%). Eleven patients (29%) had disease stabilization ≥4 months. Responses were durable (median of 8.5 months): overall median progression-free survival (PFS) was 4.2 months (95% CI, 2.7–6.5 months). Conclusions The RD for this combination is PM01183 3.0 mg FD (or 1.6 mg/m2)/gemcitabine 800 mg/m2 d1,8 q3wk. This schedule is well tolerated and has antitumor activity in several advanced solid tumor types.


PM01183 Lurbinectedin Gemcitabine Combination Solid tumor 



Support was provided to Martin Forster by the National Institute for Health Research, the University College London Hospitals Biomedical Research Centre, and the Cancer Research UK University College London Experimental Cancer Medicine Centre.

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Conflict of interest

Emiliano Calvo, Martin Forster, Valentina Boni, Jesús Corral, Samantha Turnbull, Antonio Cubillo, and Iker López Calderero declare that they have no conflict of interest. Luis Paz-Ares reports honoraria from Pharma Mar, S.A. outside the submitted work. Sergio Szyldergemajn, Carlos Fernandez Teruel and Patrick Bohan are employees of Pharma Mar, S.A. Mariano Siguero is an employee and shareholder of Pharma Mar, S.A.


This work was funded by a grant from Pharma Mar, S.A.

Ethical approval

All procedures performed in studies involving human participants were in accordance with the ethical standards of the institutional and/or national research committee and with the 1964 Helsinki declaration and its later amendments or comparable ethical standards.

Informed consent

Informed consent was obtained from all individual participants included in the study.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Luis Paz-Ares
    • 1
    • 2
  • Martin Forster
    • 3
  • Valentina Boni
    • 4
  • Sergio Szyldergemajn
    • 5
  • Jesús Corral
    • 1
  • Samantha Turnbull
    • 3
    • 6
  • Antonio Cubillo
    • 4
  • Carlos Fernandez Teruel
    • 5
  • Iker López Calderero
    • 1
    • 7
  • Mariano Siguero
    • 5
  • Patrick Bohan
    • 5
  • Emiliano Calvo
    • 4
    Email author
  1. 1.Hospital Universitario Virgen del RocíoSevilleSpain
  2. 2.Chair of the Medical Oncology DepartmentHospital Universitario 12 de OctubreMadridSpain
  3. 3.University College of London HospitalLondonUK
  4. 4.START Madrid, Centro Integral Oncológico Clara CampalHospital Universitario Madrid SanchinarroMadridSpain
  5. 5.Pharma Mar, S.AMadridSpain
  6. 6.Clinical Research Fellow and SpR in Medical Oncology, Leeds Immunotherapy Team (LIT) at the Leeds Institute of Cancer and PathologyUniversity of LeedsLeedsUK
  7. 7.Consultant Clinical Oncologist in Can Misses HospitalIbizaSpain

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