Aprea Therapeutics Presents Data From Phase 1/2 Trial of Eprenetapopt (APR-246) in Advanced Solid Tumors at ESMO Congress 2021
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In the bladder/urothelial cohort, 1 patient with locally advanced TP53 mutant high-grade transitional cell bladder cancer had achieved complete remission (CR) by RECIST criteria at the first response assessment at 9 weeks. In the NSCLC cohort, 2 patients with TP53 mutant squamous NSCLC had reductions in target lesions of 26.7% and 8.2%, respectively, from baseline by RECIST criteria at the first response assessment at 9 weeks. Adverse events, regardless of causality, were mostly grade 1/2. Grade ≥3 events occurring in more than 1 patient included anemia (3), dyspnea (3), dizziness (2), pain (2) and malnutrition (2). Dizziness (2 patients) was the only grade ≥3 adverse event assessed by an investigator as eprenetapopt-related and occurring in more than 1 patient. One patient experienced a fatal adverse event of disease progression which was assessed by an investigator as not related to study treatment, and one patient experienced adverse events of fatigue, dyspnea and maculo-papular rash leading to discontinuation of eprenetapopt.
“The emerging data for the combination of eprenetapopt and pembrolizumab in these difficult-to-treat patients is very encouraging,” said Dr.
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About p53, eprenetapopt and APR-548
The p53 tumor suppressor gene is the most frequently mutated gene in human cancer, occurring in approximately 50% of all human tumors. These mutations are often associated with resistance to anti-cancer drugs and poor overall survival, representing a major unmet medical need in the treatment of cancer.
Eprenetapopt (APR-246) is a small molecule that has demonstrated reactivation of mutant and inactivated p53 protein – by restoring wild-type p53 conformation and function – thereby inducing programmed cell death in human cancer cells. Pre-clinical anti-tumor activity has been observed with eprenetapopt in a wide variety of solid and hematological cancers, including MDS, AML, and ovarian cancer, among others. Additionally, strong synergy has been seen with both traditional anti-cancer agents, such as chemotherapy, as well as newer mechanism-based anti-cancer drugs and immuno-oncology checkpoint inhibitors.
APR-548 is a next-generation small molecule p53 reactivator. APR-548 has demonstrated high oral bioavailability, enhanced potency relative to eprenetapopt in TP53 mutant cancer cell lines and has demonstrated in vivo tumor growth inhibition following oral dosing of tumor-bearing mice.
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