Purpose: Our preclinical studies showed that the PARP inhibitor, olaparib, prior to carboplatin attenuated carboplatin cytotoxicity. We evaluated sequence-specific pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamic effects, safety, and activity of the combination. Experimental Design: Eligible patients had metastatic or recurrent women's cancer. Olaparib tablets were introduced (100 or 200 mg twice daily, days 1-7) in a 3 + 3 dose escalation with carboplatin AUC4 or 5 every 21 days, up to eight cycles, followed by olaparib 300 mg twice daily maintenance. Patients were randomly assigned to starting schedule: cohort A (olaparib days 1-7, carboplatin on day 8) or B (carboplatin on day 1, olaparib days 2-8) during cycle 1. Patients received the reversed scheme in cycle 2. Blood was collected for olaparib pharmacokinetics, platinum- DNA adducts, comet assay, and PAR concentrations. The primary objectives were to examine schedule-dependent effects on olaparib pharmacokinetics and platinum-DNA adducts. Results: A total of 77 (60 ovarian, 14 breast, and 3 uterine cancer) patients were treated. Dose-limiting toxicity was thrombocytopenia and neutropenia, defining olaparib 200 mg twice daily + carboplatin AUC4 as the MTD. Olaparib clearance was increased approximately 50% when carboplatin was given 24 hours before olaparib. In vitro experiments demonstrated carboplatin preexposure increased olaparib clearance due to intracellular olaparib uptake. Quantities of platinum-DNA adducts were not different as a function of the order of drug administration. Responses included 2 CRs and 31 PRs (46%) with a higher RR in BRCA mutation carriers compared with nonmutation carriers (68% vs. 19%). Conclusions: Tablet olaparib with carboplatin is a safe and active combination. Carboplatin preexposure causes intracellular olaparib accumulation reducing bioavailable olaparib, suggesting carboplatin should be administered prior to olaparib.
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