Activity of SL-401, a targeted therapy directed to interleukin-3 receptor, in blastic plasmacytoid dendritic cell neoplasm patients

Arthur E. Frankel, Jung H. Woo, Chul Ahn, Naveen Pemmaraju, Bruno C. Medeiros, Hetty E. Carraway, Olga Frankfurt, Stephen J. Forman, Xuezhong A. Yang, Marina Konopleva, Francine Garnache-Ottou, Fanny Angelot-Delettre, Christopher Brooks, Michael Szarek, Eric Rowinsky

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This is the first prospective study of treatment of patients with blastic plasmacytoid dendritic cell neoplasm (BPDCN), an aggressive hematologicmalignancy derived from plasmacytoid dendritic cells that typically involves the skin and rapidly progresses to a leukemia phase. Despite being initially responsive to intensive combination chemotherapy, most patients relapse and succumb to their disease. Because BPDCN blasts overexpress the interleukin-3 receptor (IL3R), the activity of SL-401, diptheria toxin (DT) 388IL3 composed of the catalytic and translocation domains of DT fused to IL3, was evaluated inBPDCNpatients in a phase 1-2 study. Eleven patients were treated with a single course of SL-401 at 12.5 μg/kg intravenously over 15 minutes daily for up to 5 doses; 3 patients who had initial responses to SL-401 received a second course in relapse. The most common adverse events including fever, chills, hypotension, edema, hypoalbuminemia, thrombocytopenia, and transaminasemia were transient. Seven of 9 evaluable (78%) BPDCN patients had major responses including 5 complete responses and 2 partial responses after a single course of SL-401. The median duration of responses was 5 months (range, 1-20 1 months). Further studies of SL-401 in BPDCN including those involving multiple sequential courses, alternate schedules, and combinations with other therapeutics are warranted. This trial is registered at as #NCT00397579.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)385-392
Number of pages8
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jul 17 2014
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry
  • Immunology
  • Hematology
  • Cell Biology


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