A Phase I, Multicenter, Open-Label, First-in-Human Study of DS-6157a in Patients with Advanced Gastrointestinal Stromal Tumor

Suzanne George, Michael C. Heinrich, Neeta Somaiah, Peter Oppelt, Robert McLeod, Satoshi Nishioka, Madan G. Kundu, Xiaozhong Qian, Prasanna Kumar, Abderrahmane Laadem, Yvonne Lau, Brittany P. Tran, Maura Fallon, Ololade Dosunmu, Julia Shi, Yoichi Naito

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Purpose: To evaluate DS-6157a, an antibody–drug conjugate targeting G protein–coupled receptor 20 (GPR20), in gastrointestinal stromal tumors (GIST). Patients and Methods: In this phase I multicenter, open-label, multiple-dose study, patients with previously treated advanced GIST received intravenous DS-6157a on Day 1 of 21-day cycles, with a starting dose of 1.6 mg/kg. The primary objective evaluated the safety and tolerability of DS-6157a, while determining dose-limiting toxicity (DLT) and the MTD. Secondary objectives included plasma pharmacokinetics parameters, plasma antidrug antibodies (ADA), and efficacy. Results: A total of 34 patients enrolled. DS-6157a was well tolerated, with DLTs in 4 patients (11.8%) at doses of 6.4 mg/kg, 9.6 mg/kg, and 12.8 mg/kg; the MTD was determined to be 6.4 mg/kg. Treatment-emergent adverse events (TEAE) grade ≥3 occurred in 17 patients (50.0%), including decreased platelet count (23.5%), anemia (20.6%), decreased neutrophil count (14.7%), and decreased white blood cell count (11.8%). Four patients (11.8%) experienced serious adverse events related to DS-6157a. Six patients died with 5 due to disease progression and 1 due to DS-6157arelated TEAE. Tumor shrinkage was observed in 7 patients (20.6%), and 1 patient (2.9%) achieved a partial response. Plasma concentrations and exposure of intact DS-6157a, DXd, and total antiGPR20 antibody all demonstrated a dose-dependent profile. No treatment-emergent ADAs were observed. Conclusions: Targeting GPR20 with DS-6157a was tolerated in patients with advanced GIST with tumor shrinkage demonstrated in KIT/PDGFRA wild-type GIST. However, the study did not proceed further due to lower efficacy outcomes than anticipated.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3659-3667
Number of pages9
JournalClinical Cancer Research
Issue number18
StatePublished - Sep 15 2023


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