Phase I Dose-Escalation Study of SCB01A, a Microtubule Inhibitor with Vascular Disrupting Activity, in Patients with Advanced Solid Tumors

Her Shyong Shiah, Nai Jung Chiang, Chia Chi Lin, Chia Jui Yen, Hui Jen Tsai, Shang Yin Wu, Wu Chou Su, Kwang Yu Chang, Ching Chiung Wang, Jang Yang Chang, Li Tzong Chen

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Lessons Learned: SCB01A is a novel microtubule inhibitor with vascular disrupting activity. This first-in-human study demonstrated SCB01A safety, pharmacokinetics, and preliminary antitumor activity. SCB01A is safe and well tolerated in patients with advanced solid malignancies with manageable neurotoxicity. Background: SCB01A, a novel microtubule inhibitor, has vascular disrupting activity. Methods: In this phase I dose-escalation and extension study, patients with advanced solid tumors were administered intravenous SCB01A infusions for 3 hours once every 21 days. Rapid titration and a 3 + 3 design escalated the dose from 2 mg/m2 to the maximum tolerated dose (MTD) based on dose-limiting toxicity (DLT). SCB01A-induced cellular neurotoxicity was evaluated in dorsal root ganglion cells. The primary endpoint was MTD. Safety, pharmacokinetics (PK), and tumor response were secondary endpoints. Results: Treatment-related adverse events included anemia, nausea, vomiting, fatigue, fever, and peripheral sensorimotor neuropathy. DLTs included grade 4 elevated creatine phosphokinase (CPK) in the 4 mg/m2 cohort; grade 3 gastric hemorrhage in the 6.5 mg/m2 cohort; grade 2 thromboembolic event in the 24 mg/m2 cohort; and grade 3 peripheral sensorimotor neuropathy, grade 3 elevated aspartate aminotransferase, and grade 3 hypertension in the 32 mg/m2 cohort. The MTD was 24 mg/m2, and average half-life was ~2.5 hours. The area under the curve-dose response relationship was linear. Nineteen subjects were stable after two cycles. The longest treatment lasted 24 cycles. SCB01A-induced neurotoxicity was reversible in vitro. Conclusion: The MTD of SCB01A was 24 mg/m2 every 21 days; it is safe and tolerable in patients with solid tumors.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)e567-e579
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2021


  • Microtubule inhibitor
  • SCB01A
  • Solid tumor

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oncology
  • Cancer Research


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