Exposure-response analysis of rilotumumab in gastric cancer: The role of tumour MET expression

M. Zhu, R. Tang, S. Doshi, K. S. Oliner, S. Dubey, Y. Jiang, R. C. Donehower, T. Iveson, E. Y. Loh, Y. Zhang

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Background:Rilotumumab, an investigational, monoclonal antibody, inhibits MET-mediated signalling. In a randomized phase 2 trial of rilotumumab±epirubicin/cisplatin/capecitabine in gastric or oesophagogastric junction cancer, patients receiving rilotumumab showed a trend towards improved survival, especially in MET-positive patients, but no clear dose-response relationship was observed. Exposure-response and biomarker analyses were used for dose selection and to differentiate patient subpopulations that may benefit most from treatment. Here, we analyse rilotumumab exposure-survival and exposure-safety and the impact of MET expression on these relationships.Methods:Individual rilotumumab exposure parameters were generated using population pharmacokinetic modelling. Relationships among rilotumumab dose (7.5 and 15 mg kg -1), exposure, and clinical outcomes (progression-free survival (PFS) and overall survival (OS)) were evaluated with Cox regression models and Kaplan-Meier plots. MET status and other baseline covariates were evaluated in subgroup and multivariate analyses. Treatment-emergent adverse events were summarised by exposure.Results:Among MET-positive patients, higher rilotumumab exposure, vs placebo and low exposure, was associated with improved median PFS (80% CI: 7.0 (5.7-9.7) vs 4.4 (2.9-4.9) and 5.5 (4.2-6.8) months) and OS (13.4 (10.6-18.6) vs 5.7 (4.7-10.2) and 8.1 (6.9-11.1) months) without increased toxicity. No rilotumumab benefit was seen among MET-negative patients.Conclusions:Rilotumumab had an exposure-dependent treatment effect in patients with MET-positive gastric or oesophagogastric junction cancer.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)429-437
Number of pages9
JournalBritish journal of cancer
Issue number3
StatePublished - Feb 3 2015


  • MET
  • exposure-response analysis
  • gastric cancer
  • pharmacokinetics
  • rilotumumab

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oncology
  • Cancer Research


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