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Dose Escalation Trial of 2-Deoxy-D-Glucose (2DG) in Subjects With Advanced Solid Tumors

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ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT00096707
Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : November 15, 2004
Last Update Posted : April 29, 2009
Information provided by:
Threshold Pharmaceuticals

Brief Summary:
The objectives of this study are to evaluate the safety, tolerability, pharmacokinetics, and biologic effect (FDG PET, preliminary efficacy) of daily oral doses of 2DG with and without weekly docetaxel in subjects with advanced solid tumors.

Condition or disease Intervention/treatment Phase
Lung Cancer Breast Cancer Pancreatic Cancer Head and Neck Cancer Gastric Cancer Drug: 2-deoxy-D-glucose (2DG) Phase 1

Detailed Description:

2-deoxy-D-glucose (2DG) is a synthetic glucose analog under development by Threshold Pharmaceuticals, Inc. that exploits the differences in metabolism between normal and malignant cells. Malignant cells utilize glucose at a much higher rate than normal cells and are therefore more dependent on aerobic and anaerobic glycolysis. If glycolysis could be blocked preferentially in malignant cells, 2DG would have potential for anti-tumor therapy. Hypoxic cells are especially dependent on anaerobic glycolysis and are generally resistant to anti-tumor therapies such as chemotherapy and radiotherapy. Therefore, combining 2DG with chemotherapy may be a way to simultaneously target both hypoxic and aerobic cells in tumors.

Four factors may play a role in the preferential toxicity of 2DG in malignant cells: (1) increased uptake and retention of glucose analogs by malignant cells; (2) relative hypoxia of tumor cells relative to normal cells; (3) malignant cells may be more sensitive to glucose deprivation than normal cells; and (4) inhibition of glycolysis may increase sensitivity to some cytotoxic agents. Preliminary data in human tumor xenografts support this hypothesis.

Because 2DG is most likely to be effective in combination with chemotherapy, this trial was designed to evaluate the maximum tolerated dose (MTD) of 2DG both alone and in combination with chemotherapy. Docetaxel was chosen because there is evidence in human tumor xenografts of delayed tumor growth for 2DG in combination with paclitaxel compared to paclitaxel alone and it has been reported that taxanes may enhance uptake of 2DG into malignant cells. Patients with advanced solid tumors were chosen because they are appropriate candidates for a Phase I clinical trial and because their tumors are likely to have areas of hypoxia.

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Study Type : Interventional  (Clinical Trial)
Estimated Enrollment : 50 participants
Allocation: Non-Randomized
Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: None (Open Label)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Phase I Dose Escalation Trial of 2-Deoxy-D-Glucose (2DG) Alone and in Combination With Docetaxel in Subjects With Advanced Solid Malignancies
Study Start Date : February 2004
Actual Primary Completion Date : July 2008
Actual Study Completion Date : July 2008

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Drug Information available for: Dextrose

Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. Significant Toxicity
  2. Disease Progression

Secondary Outcome Measures :
  1. Response Rate
  2. Death

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Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years and older   (Adult, Older Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Males and females, at least 18 years of age
  • Histologically confirmed, locally advanced or metastatic solid malignancy
  • Previously treated with at least one chemotherapy regimen for advanced or metastatic disease OR no curative standard treatment is available
  • Recovered from reversible toxicities of prior therapy
  • Life expectancy of at least 3 months
  • ECOG performance status of 0, 1, or 2
  • Measurable or nonmeasurable disease by RECIST criteria
  • Ability to understand the purposes and risks of the study and having signed a written informed consent form
  • All women of childbearing potential and all men must agree to use effective means of contraception from entry into the study through 3 months after the last dose

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Previous or current CNS metastases (screening CT or MRI is not required in asymptomatic subjects)
  • Active clinically significant infection requiring antibiotics
  • Known glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase deficiency or history of anemia of unknown etiology
  • History of clinically significant unexplained episodes of hypotension, fainting, dizziness, or lightheadedness
  • History or symptoms of cardiovascular disease, particularly coronary artery disease, arrhythmias, or conduction defects with risk of cardiovascular instability, uncontrolled hypertension, clinically significant pericardial effusion, or congestive heart failure
  • History of transient ischemic attack, stroke, or seizure disorder or any other CNS disease considered to be significant by the investigator
  • Known autonomic dysfunction or chronic orthostatic hypotension
  • Evidence of hypoglycemia, clinically significant renal disease, clinically significant liver disease (other than liver metastases), diabetes mellitus, gastrointestinal disorder (that could affect absorption or elimination of orally-administered medications), or obstructive uropathy with significant post-void residual during the past 5 years
  • Known HIV infection
  • Other primary malignancies (other than treated basal cell carcinoma of the skin or treated in situ cervical cancer) within the past 5 years
  • Major surgery within 4 weeks of the start of study treatment, without complete recovery
  • Antitumor therapy within 21 days of the start of study treatment
  • Disease progression/relapse on docetaxel therapy within the past 12 months
  • A history of severe hypersensitivity reaction to docetaxel or other drugs formulated with polysorbate 80
  • Known sensitivity to methylparaben or propylparaben
  • Inability to discontinue prohibited medications for 24 hours before and after dosing on Day 1 of Weeks 1, 2, and 3 and Day 5 of Week 1. In addition, patients who cannot discontinue medications known to induce or inhibit CYP 3A4, such as cyclosporine, terfenadine, ketoconazole, erythromycin, and troleandomycin, for the duration of the study are not eligible.
  • Peripheral neuropathy >= Grade 2
  • Hemoglobin <9 g/dL
  • ANC <1500/μL
  • Platelet count <100,000/μL
  • Total bilirubin >1.5 mg/dL
  • Abnormal liver function
  • Serum creatinine >1.5 mg/dL unless creatinine clearance is >= 60 mL/min
  • Serum potassium < lower limit of normal
  • Elevated fasting blood glucose
  • Pregnant or nursing women
  • Participation in an investigational drug or device study within 28 days of the first day of dosing on this study
  • Concomitant disease or condition that could interfere with the conduct of the study, or that would, in the opinion of the investigator, pose an unacceptable risk to the subject in this study.
  • Unwillingness or inability to comply with the study protocol for any other reason
  • Subjects who live alone

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United States, Florida
University of Miami Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center
Miami, Florida, United States, 33136
United States, Indiana
Indiana University Cancer Center
Indianapolis, Indiana, United States, 46202
United States, Texas
Institute for Drug Development Cancer Therapy & Research Center
San Antonio, Texas, United States, 78229
Sponsors and Collaborators
Threshold Pharmaceuticals
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Principal Investigator: Luis Raez, MD University of Miami Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center
Publications automatically indexed to this study by ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier (NCT Number):
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ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT00096707    
Other Study ID Numbers: TH-CR-101
First Posted: November 15, 2004    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: April 29, 2009
Last Verified: April 2009
Keywords provided by Threshold Pharmaceuticals:
advanced solid tumors
2-deoxy-D-glucose (2DG)
phase 1
Additional relevant MeSH terms:
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Molecular Mechanisms of Pharmacological Action
Antiviral Agents
Anti-Infective Agents