CAMBRIDGE, Mass., March 18, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Leap Therapeutics, Inc. (Nasdaq:LPTX) today announced the presentation of clinical data from its ongoing Phase 2 clinical trial of DKN-01 in patients with advanced gynecological malignancies at the Society of Gynecologic Oncology 50th Annual Meeting on Women's Cancer. Patients, including those with carcinosarcoma and Wnt pathway alterations, have experienced partial responses and durable clinical benefit in both the monotherapy and combination arms of the study. The complete data set will become available in the coming months as the most recently enrolled patients have yet to be evaluated. The complete poster is available on Leap's website at https://www.leaptx.com/our-pipeline.
"We are very pleased with the single agent and combination activity of DKN-01 in this heavily pre-treated population. Allowing patients to achieve partial responses and durable stable disease with a favorable safety profile reflects meaningful clinical benefit," commented Rebecca C. Arend, M.D., Ph.D., Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Medicine. "With the rapid enrollment of this study since the beginning of the year, we are looking forward to robust data maturing during the year."
"It is encouraging to see the mechanism-based strategy of enriching the study with patients with Wnt pathway alterations lead to impressive clinical outcomes," commented Michael Birrer, M.D., Ph.D., Director of the Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. "We are also particularly interested in the early activity in carcinosarcoma patients, who are in need of new and better treatment options."
- DKN-01 single agent partial response: Twenty-one patients (who had previously received one to ten lines of therapy) have been enrolled in two monotherapy arms of the study. Twelve patients are currently evaluable. One patient has experienced a partial response (PR), and six patients have had stable disease (SD) for greater than six weeks. Seven patients have been recently enrolled and have not yet had their first imaging assessment. This study marks the third different tumor type where DKN-01 has had single agent activity.
- Partial response and tumor reductions in DKN-01/Paclitaxel combination: Forty-one patients (who had previously received one to nine lines of prior therapy) have been enrolled in two combination arms of the study. Twenty-one patients are currently evaluable. One patient has experienced a PR, and fifteen patients have had SD for greater than six weeks. Thirteen patients have been recently enrolled and have not yet had their first imaging assessment.
- Patients whose tumors had confirmed Wnt pathway alterations experienced a greater duration of clinical benefit: In eight evaluable monotherapy patients with confirmed Wnt pathway alterations, one patient has experienced a PR and four have had SD. In the fourteen evaluable combination therapy patients, one patient has experienced a PR and seven have had SD. The patient with a partial response on DKN-01 combination therapy has a tumor with a CTNNB1 mutation. Tumor CTNNB1 mutations stabilize the transcription factor beta-catenin and are correlated with increased levels of DKK1 and poor clinical outcomes. In this study, eight CTNNB1 patients are evaluable, and six experienced clinical benefit.
- Carcinosarcoma partial response leads to new expansion cohort at higher dose: Carcinosarcoma is a rare and difficult-to-treat form of uterine cancer. Four carcinosarcoma patients have been enrolled, and the three evaluable patients had tumor reductions and one experienced a PR. To explore a new treatment option for these patients, the Company will expand the study and provide a higher dose of DKN-01 as a monotherapy and in combination with paclitaxel.
The P204 study is a Phase 2 basket study evaluating DKN-01 as a monotherapy and in combination with paclitaxel in patients with relapsed/refractory endometrioid endometrial cancer (EEC) or endometrioid ovarian cancer (EOC). The study contains four groups and is designed to evaluate the efficacy, safety, and pharmacodynamics of DKN-01 monotherapy and combination therapy in both EEC and EOC, with each group following a 2-stage Simon Minimax design. The study will enroll approximately 94 patients, of which approximately 50% will be required to have documented activating mutations of beta-catenin or other Wnt signaling alterations.
DKN-01 is a humanized monoclonal antibody that binds to and blocks the activity of the Dickkopf-1 (DKK1) protein, a modulator of Wnt/Beta-catenin signaling, a signaling pathway frequently implicated in tumorigenesis and suppressing the immune system. DKK1 has an important role in tumor cell signaling and in mediating an immuno-suppressive tumor microenvironment through enhancing the activity of myeloid-derived suppressor cells and downregulating NK ligands on tumor cells.
About Leap Therapeutics
Leap Therapeutics (Nasdaq: LPTX) is focused on developing targeted and immuno-oncology therapeutics. Leap's most advanced clinical candidate, DKN-01, is a humanized monoclonal antibody targeting the Dickkopf-1 (DKK1) protein, a Wnt pathway modulator. DKN-01 is in clinical trials in patients with esophagogastric, hepatobiliary, gynecologic, and prostate cancers. Leap's second clinical candidate, TRX518, is a humanized GITR agonist monoclonal antibody designed to enhance the immune system's anti-tumor response that is in advanced solid tumor studies. For more information about Leap Therapeutics, visit http://www.leaptx.com or our public filings with the SEC that are available via EDGAR at http://www.sec.gov or via https://investors.leaptx.com/.
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