A pharmacodynamic study of rapamycin in men with intermediate- to high-risk localized prostate cancer

Andrew J. Armstrong, George J. Netto, Michelle A. Rudek, Susan Halabi, David P. Wood, Patricia A. Creel, Kelly Mundy, S. Lindsay Davis, Ting Wang, Roula Albadine, Luciana Schultz, Alan W. Partin, Antonio Jimeno, Helen Fedor, Phillip G. Febbo, Daniel J. George, Robin Gurganus, Angelo M. De Marzo, Michael A. Carducci

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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 ≥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.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)3057-3066
Number of pages10
JournalClinical Cancer Research
Issue number11
StatePublished - Jun 1 2010

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oncology
  • Cancer Research


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