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Couch J.A.,Genentech | Zhang G.,Genentech | Beyer J.C.,Genentech | Zuch De Zafra C.L.,Genentech | And 17 more authors.
Clinical Cancer Research | Year: 2016

Purpose: Although agents targeting Delta-like ligand 4 (DLL4) have shown great promise for angiogenesis-based cancer therapy, findings in recent studies have raised serious safety concerns. To further evaluate the potential for therapeutic targeting of the DLL4 pathway, we pursued a novel strategy to reduce toxicities related to DLL4 inhibition by modulating the pharmacokinetic (PK) properties of an anti-DLL4 antibody. Experimental Design: The F(ab′)2 fragment of anti-DLL4 antibody (anti-DLL4 F(ab′)2) was generated and assessed in efficacy and toxicity studies. Results: Anti-DLL4 F(ab′)2 enables greater control over the extent and duration of DLL4 inhibition, such that intermittent dosing of anti-DLL4 F(ab′)2 can maintain significant antitumor activity while markedly mitigating known toxicities associated with continuous pathway inhibition. Conclusions: PK modulation has potentially broad implications for development of antibody-based therapeutics. Our safety studies with anti-DLL4 F(ab′)2 also provide new evidence reinforcing the notion that the DLL4 pathway is extremely sensitive to pharmacologic perturbation, further underscoring the importance of exercising caution to safely harness this potent pathway in humans. Clin Cancer Res; 22(6); 1469-79. © 2015 American Association for Cancer Research.

Waaler J.,University of Oslo | Boggs J.,Drug Metabolism and Pharmacokinetics | Blake R.A.,Biochemical and Cellular Pharmacology | Schutten M.,Safety Assessment | And 8 more authors.
Cancer Research | Year: 2013

Most colorectal cancers (CRC) are initiated by mutations of APC, leading to increased β-catenin-mediated signaling. However, continued requirement of Wnt/β-catenin signaling for tumor progression in the context of acquired KRAS and other mutations is less well-established. To attenuate Wnt/β-catenin signaling in tumors, we have developed potent and specific small-molecule tankyrase inhibitors, G007-LK and G244-LM, that reduce Wnt/β-catenin signaling by preventing poly(ADP-ribosyl)ation-dependent AXIN degradation, thereby promoting β-catenin destabilization. We show that novel tankyrase inhibitors completely block ligand-driven Wnt/β-catenin signaling in cell culture and display approximately 50% inhibition of APC mutation-driven signaling in most CRC cell lines. It was previously unknown whether the level of AXIN protein stabilization by tankyrase inhibition is sufficient to impact tumor growth in the absence of normal APC activity. Compound G007-LK displays favorable pharmacokinetic properties and inhibits in vivo tumor growth in a subset of APC-mutant CRC xenograft models. In the xenograftmodel most sensitive to tankyrase inhibitor, COLO-320DM, G007-LK inhibits cell-cycle progression, reduces colony formation, and induces differentiation, suggesting that β-catenin-dependent maintenance of an undifferentiated state may be blocked by tankyrase inhibition. The full potential of the antitumor activity of G007-LK may be limited by intestinal toxicity associated with inhibition of Wnt/β-catenin signaling and cell proliferation in intestinal crypts. These results establish proof-of-concept antitumor efficacy for tankyrase inhibitors in APC-mutant CRC models and uncover potential diagnostic and safety concerns to be overcome as tankyrase inhibitors are advanced into the clinic. Cancer Res; 73(10); 3132-44. © 2013 AACR.

Spiess C.,Genentech | Bevers J.,Genentech | Chiang N.,Genentech | Nakamura G.,Genentech | And 9 more authors.
Journal of Biological Chemistry | Year: 2013

Background: Dual neutralization of IL-4 and IL-13 is a promising therapeutic approach for asthma and allergy. Results: Knobs-into-holes IgG1 and IgG4 bispecific antibodies targeting both cytokines were developed. Conclusion: Bispecific antibodies of both isotypes have comparable in vitro potencies, in vivo pharmacokinetics, and lung partitioning. Significance: Further extension of knobs-into-holes technology to human IgG4 isotype as reported here provides greater options for therapeutics. © 2013 by The American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Inc.

Heald R.,7 9 Spire Green Center | Bowman K.K.,Genentech | Bryan M.C.,DNA Way | Burdick D.,DNA Way | And 27 more authors.
Journal of Medicinal Chemistry | Year: 2015

Because of their increased activity against activating mutants, first-generation epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) kinase inhibitors have had remarkable success in treating non-small-cell lung cancer (NSCLC) patients, but acquired resistance, through a secondary mutation of the gatekeeper residue, means that clinical responses only last for 8-14 months. Addressing this unmet medical need requires agents that can target both of the most common double mutants: T790M/L858R (TMLR) and T790M/del(746-750) (TMdel). Herein we describe how a noncovalent double mutant selective lead compound was optimized using a strategy focused on the structure-guided increase in potency without added lipophilicity or reduction of three-dimensional character. Following successive rounds of design and synthesis it was discovered that cis-fluoro substitution on 4-hydroxy- and 4-methoxypiperidinyl groups provided synergistic, substantial, and specific potency gain through direct interaction with the enzyme and/or effects on the proximal ligand oxygen atom. Further development of the fluorohydroxypiperidine series resulted in the identification of a pair of diastereomers that showed 50-fold enzyme and cell based selectivity for T790M mutants over wild-type EGFR (wtEGFR) in vitro and pathway knock-down in an in vivo xenograft model. © 2015 American Chemical Society.

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