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A Phase 1, Open-label, Dose-escalation Study of SNX 5422 and Erlotinib in Subjects With Lung Adenocarcinoma With "Acquired Resistance" to Epidermal Growth Factor Receptor Tyrosine Kinase Inhibitors.

Phase 1
18 Years
Open (Enrolling)

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Trial Information

A Phase 1, Open-label, Dose-escalation Study of SNX 5422 and Erlotinib in Subjects With Lung Adenocarcinoma With "Acquired Resistance" to Epidermal Growth Factor Receptor Tyrosine Kinase Inhibitors.

Heat shock protein 90 (Hsp90) chaperone proteins stabilize many client proteins including
mutant EGFR, and are also hypothesized to help maintain the malignant phenotype of mutant
EGFR in lung adenocarcinoma. Treatment of EGFR mutant cell lines with the Hsp90 inhibitor
geldanamycin results in cellular degradation, decreased levels of pAKT/cyclin D1, and
increased apoptosis. Furthermore, Hsp90 inhibitors hamper growth of tumors in nude mice with
gefitinib-resistant H1975-xenografts in vivo.

Clinical data showed that mono-therapy with some Hsp90 inhibitors provides stable disease
and some patients have partial remissions as best responses in heavily pre-treated non small
cell lung cancer patients.

SNX-5422 is a pro-drug of SNX-2112, a potent, highly selective, small-molecule inhibitor of
the molecular chaperone Hsp90. Inhibitors of the chaperone protein Hsp90 are of current
interest because of the central role that Hsp90 plays in the maturation and maintenance of
numerous proteins, for example HER2 and mutated EGFR, that are critical for tumor cell
viability and growth.

Inclusion Criteria:

- Males or non-pregnant, non-breastfeeding females 18 years-of-age or older.

- Received treatment with erlotinib/gefitinib throughout the one month prior to
enrollment and at least six months at any time.

- Must have undergone a biopsy after the development of acquired resistance.

- Pathologic evidence of advanced lung adenocarcinoma (stage IIIB or stage IV)
confirmed histologically/cytologically

- Radiographic progression by RECIST during treatment with erlotinib/gefitinib.

- Measurable (RECIST) indicator lesion not previously irradiated.

- No more than 4 prior lines of cytotoxic chemotherapy, including erlotinib/gefitinib

- Karnofsky performance score ≥70.

- Adequate baseline laboratory assessments, including

- Absolute neutrophil count (ANC) ≥1.5 x 109/L.

- WBC >3000/microliter

- Platelet count of ≥100 x 109/L.

- Total bilirubin level ≤1.5 times institutional upper limit of normal (ULN),
alanine aminotransferase (ALT) or aspartate aminotransferase (AST) ≤1.5 x ULN.

- Hemoglobin ≥9 mg/dL.

- Creatinine <1.5 X upper limit of normal or estimated plasma creatinine clearance
of ≥40 mL/min (using the Cockroft-Gault equation)

- Signed informed consent form (ICF).

- Subjects with reproductive capability must agree to practice adequate contraception

- Adequate venous access.

Exclusion Criteria:

- CNS metastases which are symptomatic and /or requiring escalating doses of steroids.

- Prior treatment with any Hsp90 inhibitor.

- Conventional chemotherapy, radiation or monoclonal antibodies within 4 weeks
(erlotinib/gefitinib therapy within the past 4 weeks IS allowed).

- Palliative radiation within 2 weeks.

- The need for treatment with medications with clinically-relevant metabolism by the
cytochrome P450 (CYP) 3A4 isoenzyme within 3 hours before or after administration of

- Screening ECG QTc interval ≥470 msec for females, ≥450 msec for males.

- At increased risk for developing prolonged QT interval, including hypokalemia or
hypomagnesemia, unless corrected to within normal limits prior to first dose of
SNX-5422; congenital long QT syndrome or a history of torsade de pointes; currently
receiving anti-arrhythmics or other medications that may be associated with QT

- Patients with chronic diarrhea or with grade 2 or greater diarrhea despite maximal
medical management.

- Gastrointestinal diseases or conditions that could affect drug absorption, including
gastric bypass.

- Gastrointestinal diseases that could alter the assessment of safety, including
irritable bowel syndrome, ulcerative colitis, Crohn's disease, or hemorrhagic

- History of documented adrenal dysfunction not due to malignancy.

- Known seropositive for human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) or hepatitis C virus (HCV).

- History of chronic liver disease.

- Active hepatitis A or B.

- Current alcohol dependence or drug abuse.

- Use of an investigational treatment from 30 days prior to the first dose of SNX-5422
and during the study.

- Glaucoma, retinitis pigmentosa, macular degeneration, or any retinal changes detected
by ophthalmological examination.

- Other serious concurrent illness or medical condition.

- Psychological, social, familial, or geographical reasons that would hinder or prevent
compliance with the requirements of the protocol or compromise the informed consent

Type of Study:


Study Design:

Endpoint Classification: Safety Study, Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment, Masking: Open Label, Primary Purpose: Treatment

Outcome Measure:

Number of patients with dose limiting toxicities

Outcome Description:

Number of patients with dose limiting toxicities defined as adverse events (AE) or laboratory abnormalities of Common Terminology Criteria for Adverse Events(CTCAE) version 4.03 ≥ Grade 3 that are not clearly related to disease progression

Outcome Time Frame:

Day 28 of first dose cycle

Safety Issue:



United States: Food and Drug Administration

Study ID:




Start Date:

May 2013

Completion Date:

September 2014

Related Keywords:

  • Cancer
  • Hsp90
  • SNX-5422
  • Erlotinib
  • Lung adenocarcinoma
  • Adenocarcinoma
  • Adenocarcinoma, Mucinous
  • Lung Neoplasms



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