Phase I basket study of taselisib, an isoform-selective PI3K inhibitor, in patients with PIK3CA-mutant cancers

Komal Jhaveri, Matthew T. Chang, Dejan Juric, Cristina Saura, Valentina Gambardella, Anton Melnyk, Manish R. Patel, Vincent Ribrag, Cynthia X. Ma, Raid Aljumaily, Philippe L. Bedard, Jasgit C. Sachdev, Lara Dunn, Helen Won, John Bond, Surai Jones, Heidi M. Savage, Maurizio Scaltriti, Timothy R. Wilson, Michael C. WeiDavid M. Hyman

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Purpose: Somatic mutations in phosphatidylinositol-4,5bisphosphate 3-kinase catalytic subunit alpha (PIK3CA), which encodes the p110a catalytic subunit of PI3K, are found in multiple human cancers. While recurrent mutations in PIK3CA helical, regulatory, and kinase domains lead to constitutive PI3K pathway activation, other mutations remain uncharacterized. To further evaluate their clinical actionability, we designed a basket study for patients with PIK3CA-mutant cancers with the isoform-specific PI3K inhibitor taselisib. Patients and Methods: Patients were enrolled on the basis of local PIK3CA mutation testing into one of 11 histology-specific cohorts and treated with taselisib at 6 or 4 mg daily until progression. Tumor DNA from baseline and progression (when available) was sequenced using a next-generation sequencing panel. Exploratory analyses correlating genomic alterations with treatment outcomes were performed. Results: A total of 166 patients with PIK3CA-mutant cancers were enrolled. The confirmed response rate was 9%. Activity varied by tumor type and mutant allele, with confirmed responses observed in head and neck squamous (15.4%), cervical (10%), and other cancers, plus in tumors containing helical domain mutations. Genomic analyses identified mutations potentially associated with resistance to PI3K inhibition upfront (TP53 and PTEN) and postprogression through reactivation of the PI3K pathway (PTEN, STK11, and PIK3R1). Higher rates of dose modification occurred at higher doses of taselisib, indicating a narrow therapeutic index. Conclusions: Taselisib had limited activity in the tumor types tested and is no longer in development. This genome-driven study improves understanding of the activity, limitations, and resistance mechanisms of using PI3K inhibitors as monotherapy to target PIK3CA-mutant tumors.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)447-459
Number of pages13
JournalClinical Cancer Research
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jan 15 2021


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