Tumor survival, metastases, chemoresistance, and escape from immune responses have been associated with inappropriate activation of Signal Transducer and Activator of Transcription 3 (STAT3) and/or STAT5 in various cancers, including solid tumors. Debio 0617B has been developed as a first-in-class kinase inhibitor with a unique profile targeting phospho-STAT3 (pSTAT3) and/or pSTAT5 in tumors through combined inhibition of JAK, SRC, ABL, and class III/V receptor tyrosine kinases. Debio 0617B showed dose-dependent inhibition of pSTAT3 in STAT3-activated carcinoma cell lines; Debio 0617B also showed potent antiproliferative activity in a panel of cancer cell lines and in patient-derived tumor xenografts tested in an in vitro clonogenic assay. Debio 0617B showed in vivo efficacy by inhibiting tumor growth in several mouse xenograft models. To increase in vivo efficacy and STAT3 inhibition, Debio 0617B was tested in combination with the epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) inhibitor erlotinib in a non-small cell lung cancer xenograft model. To evaluate the impact of in vivo STAT3 blockade on metastases, Debio 0617B was tested in an orthotopic tumor model. Measurement of primary tumor weight and metastatic counts in lung tissue demonstrated therapeutic efficacy of Debio 0617B in this model. These data show potent activity of Debio 0617B on a broad spectrum of STAT3-driven solid tumors and synergistic activity in combination with EGFR inhibition.
- Received December 21, 2015.
- Revision received May 29, 2016.
- Accepted June 18, 2016.
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