Study of 4-Demethylcholesteryloxycarbonylpenclomedine (DM-CHOC-PEN) in Patients With Advanced Cancer

2014-08-27 03:16:41 | BioPortfolio


DM-CHOC-PEN is a new penclomedine analog that has demonstrated antineoplastic activities in human xenograft intracerebrally implanted tumor mouse models, acceptable preclinical toxicities in mouse, rat and dog models; and no behavioral cognitive impairment/neurotoxicities were noted in mouse and rat models.

The drug is ready for human use as an soy bean oil/lecithin/glycerin water emulsion, the latter which has been documented - chemically and biologically to be stable and safe.

Patients with advanced cancer, involving the central nervous system will be eligible for enrollment providing the required blood and other eligibility requirements are met.


4-Demethylcholesterylpenclomedine(4-DM-CHOC-PEN)is a new penclomedine analog that has demonstrated complete remissions when administrated to mice bearing intracranially implanted human cancer xenografts (glioblastomas and breast cancers) and has acceptable preclinical toxicity profiles - mice, rats and dogs.

The drug will be administered intravenously once every 21 days as an infusion. The starting dose will be 39 mg/M2 (based on 1/10 LD10 observed in mice).

A modified accelerated dosing protocol of Simon, Freidlin, et al will be used to escalate dosage which will reduce the number of patients required and minimize ineffective doses. The protocol will result in one patient cohorts at 40% dosage escalations. When the 1st instance of a dose limiting toxicity (DLT) [grade - 3 or 4 toxicity] is observed, or the 2nd instance of a 1st course grade 2 toxicity of any type is observed, the cohort for that current dose level will be expanded to3-6 patients and escalation will proceed at 33% increments.

If 2 DLTs are noted at any level, further escalation will cease. The dose level at which 2 DLTs are noted will be considered MAD (maximum administered dose). The MTD (maximum tolerated dose) will be the dose level below the MAD. A total of 6 patients will be enrolled at the MTD to give some assurance of safety prior to recommendation for Phase II starting doses.

During the entirety of the study, intra-patient escalation will be allowed. This will occur if the patient experiences are < grade 2 toxicity at the existing dose, if no > grade 2 toxicity was identified at the existing dose and no DLTs were noted at the higher dose level (if any patients had been escalated to that dose).

Continuation of Therapy - Patients who experience stabilization, partial or complete remission while being treated will continue to receive the drug as per the last dose prior to identifying positive results at an every 3 weeks interval.

Discontinuation of therapy - progressive disease and/or toxicities.

Study Design

Allocation: Non-Randomized, Control: Uncontrolled, Endpoint Classification: Safety Study, Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment, Masking: Open Label, Primary Purpose: Treatment


Brain Neoplasms




Tulane University Medical School
New Orleans
United States


Not yet recruiting



Results (where available)

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Neoplasms of the intracranial components of the central nervous system, including the cerebral hemispheres, basal ganglia, hypothalamus, thalamus, brain stem, and cerebellum. Brain neoplasms are subdivided into primary (originating from brain tissue) and secondary (i.e., metastatic) forms. Primary neoplasms are subdivided into benign and malignant forms. In general, brain tumors may also be classified by age of onset, histologic type, or presenting location in the brain.

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