A phase I and pharmacologic study of DMP 840 administered by 24-hour infusion

S. O'Reilly, S. D. Baker, S. Sartorius, E. K. Rowinsky, M. Finizio, G. M. Lubiniecki, Louise Barnett Grochow, J. E. Gray, H. J. Pieniaszek, R. C. Donehower

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Purpose: DMP 840, a novel bisnaphthalimide, has demonstrated promising schedule dependent anti-tumor activity in vitro and in vivo against several tumor cell lines. A phase I study was conducted to evaluate the effect of a 24-hour infusion schedule repeated every three weeks, on the therapeutic efficacy of DMP 840. Patients and methods: Fourteen patients with refractory solid tumor malignancies were treated with DMP 840 at doses of 20, 40, 50 and 60 mg/m2. Results: A combination of neutropenia, thrombocytopenia and stomatitis were dose-limiting at doses of 50 and 60 mg/m2 in both minimally- and extensively-pretreated patients. In contrast, all courses at lower dose levels were well tolerated. Pharmacokinetic analysis demonstrated that DMP 840 had a prolonged terminal half life (median 39 hours; range 25-86) and that dose-limiting events were significantly related to several indices of systemic DMP 840 exposure (P < 0.01, Wilcoxon Rank Sum test). Conclusion: The recommended dose of DMP 840 for further disease oriented evaluation is 40 mg/m2 administered over 24 hours every three weeks. The infusion duration evaluated in this study did not result in a substantial increase in the tolerable dose compared to shorter, less cumbersome schedules.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)101-104
Number of pages4
JournalAnnals of Oncology
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1998


  • DMP 840
  • Pharmacodynamics
  • Pharmacokinetics
  • Phase I

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Hematology
  • Oncology


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