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Dolastatin-10 in metastatic melanoma: a phase II and pharmokinetic trial of the California Cancer Consortium.

Dolastatin-10 is a novel pentapeptide agent originally isolated from the marine mollusk Dolabella auricularia with a mechanism of antitumor activity that involves the inhibition of microtubule assembly. We performed a Phase II trial of Dolastatin-10, 400 microg/m2 in patients with advanced melanoma who had received no prior chemotherapy. Dolastatin-10 pharmokinetics were evaluated in a subset of patients following courses 1 and 2. Twelve patients were treated with a median of 2 cycles of Dolastatin-10, and no patient experienced an objective response. The only grade >2 toxicities were grade 3 neutropenia uncomplicated by infection, occurring in 4 patients following the first treatment cycle. The total systemic clearance and volume of distribution at steady-state were 2.61 +/- 1.9 L/h/m2 and 28.4 +/- 13 L/m2, respectively. Due to prolonged terminal elimination. Dolastatin-10 plasma concentrations of greater than 1 nM were sustained for 24 h in all patients studied. Dolastatin-10 is unlikely to have substantial activity in the treatment of melanoma.[1]


  1. Dolastatin-10 in metastatic melanoma: a phase II and pharmokinetic trial of the California Cancer Consortium. Margolin, K., Longmate, J., Synold, T.W., Gandara, D.R., Weber, J., Gonzalez, R., Johansen, M.J., Newman, R., Baratta, T., Doroshow, J.H. Investigational new drugs. (2001) [Pubmed]
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