Phase II trials of dolastatin-10 in advanced pancreaticobiliary cancers

Hedy L. Kindler, Peter K. Tothy, Robert Wolff, Richard A. McCormack, James L. Abbruzzese, Sridhar Mani, Kurombi T. Wade-Oliver, Everett E. Vokes

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Background: Pancreaticobiliary malignancies respond poorly to conventional chemotherapy, and novel agents are needed. Dolatstatin-10 is a potent antimitotic pentapeptide isolated from the marine mollusk Dolabella auricularia that inhibits microtubule assembly. We conducted 2 parallel phase II trials of dolastatin-10 in patients with advanced hepatobiliary cancers and pancreatic adenocarcinoma. Patients and methods: Eligible patients had histologically- confirmed metastatic pancreatic adenocarcinoma or metastatic, locally advanced or recurrent cancer of the liver, bile duct or gallbladder, and had received no prior chemotherapy for advanced disease. Dolastatin-10 400 μg/m2 was administered intravenously by bolus every 21 days. Restaging CT scans were obtained every 2 cycles. Results: Twenty-eight patients (16 hepatobiliary, including 7 hepatomas, 6 cholangiocarcinomas, 2 gallbladder carcinomas, and 12 pancreatic carcinomas) enrolled; 27 were evaluable for response. There were no objective responses. Grade 3/4 neutropenia occurred in 59% of patients and neutropenic fever in 18%. Median and 1-year survival were 5.0 months and 17% for the pancreatic cancer patients, and 3.0 months and 29% for the hepatobiliary patients. Median time to progression was 1.3 months for the pancreatic cancer patients and 1.6 months for the hepatobiliary patients. Conclusions: Dolastatin-10 is inactive against hepatobiliary and pancreatic carcinomas.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)489-493
Number of pages5
JournalInvestigational New Drugs
Issue number5
StatePublished - Oct 2005


  • Cholangiocarcinoma
  • Dolastatin-10
  • Gallbladder carcinoma
  • Hepatobiliary cancer
  • Hepatocellular carcinoma
  • Pancreatic adenocarcinoma

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oncology
  • Pharmacology
  • Pharmacology (medical)


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