Phase I study of RO4929097 with bevacizumab in patients with recurrent malignant glioma

Edward Pan, Jeffrey G. Supko, Thomas J. Kaley, Nicholas A. Butowski, Timothy Cloughesy, Jinkyu Jung, Serena Desideri, Stuart Grossman, Xiaobu Ye, Deric M. Park

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Antiangiogenic therapies for malignant gliomas often result in transient response, and recurrent disease is characterized by adoption of invasive and hypoxic phenotype. The notch signaling pathway is activated in gliomas, and augments cell migration and hypoxic response. Here we report a clinical study of the combination of bevacizumab and RO4929097, an inhibitor of the notch signaling cascade. A phase I clinical trial was conducted through the Adult Brain Tumor Consortium in subjects with recurrent malignant glioma. Primary objectives were to assess safety and to define the maximum tolerated dose of RO4929097 in combination with bevacizumab. Secondary objectives were to determine overall survival, progression free survival, radiographic response, pharmacokinetic evaluation, and tissue biomarker analysis. Thirteen subjects were enrolled. Of the three subjects treated with the highest dose of RO4929097, one grade 3 toxicity and one grade 2 toxicity were observed. Definitive maximum tolerated dose of RO4929097 in combination with bevacizumab was not identified due to manufacturer’s decision to halt drug production. 2 of 12 evaluable subjects demonstrated radiographic response; one subject experienced CR and the second PR. The median overall survival was 10.9 months with a median progression-free survival of 3.7 months. Two subjects remained free of disease progression at 6 months from treatment initiation. PK evaluation did not identify clinically significant drug–drug interactions. All analyzed tissue specimens revealed activation of notch signaling. Combination of RO4929097 and bevacizumab was well-tolerated. Given the compelling scientific rationale, additional studies of antiangiogenic and notch signaling inhibitors should be considered.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)571-579
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Neuro-Oncology
Issue number3
StatePublished - Dec 1 2016


  • Bevacizumab
  • Clinical trial
  • Gamma secretase
  • Glioma
  • Notch

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oncology
  • Neurology
  • Clinical Neurology
  • Cancer Research


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