A new antibiotic, deoxyspergualin (DSG), demonstrated antitumor activity against L1210 leukemia in mice. The life span of mice bearing either i.p. or s.c.-implanted L1210 increased >150% following i.p. administration of 25 mg/kg DSG on days 1–9. Activity obtained with i.p. bolus treatments was schedule dependent. The tumor burden in mice bearing the s.c. implanted L1210 was reduced by 4–6 log10 units at the end of treatment when DSG was administered every 3 h for 8 injections on days 1, 5, and 9. By contrast, single injections of DSG on days 1, 5, and 9 allowed the tumor burden to increase at least 100-fold during treatment and daily single injections for 9 days reduced the tumor burden by 2 log10 units. The therapeutic advantage for i.p.-implanted L1210 of maintaining plasma concentrations of DSG was indicated further by infusion studies using s.c.-implanted Alzet osmotic pumps. Tumor burden was reduced by 3.5 and 6 log10 units following s.c. bolus treatments every 3 h on day 1 and a 24 h-infusion, respectively. The optimal infusion time for an infusion rate in mice of 179 mg/kg/day appeared to be 72 h. Pharmacokinetic studies following bolus i.v. injection revealed a rapid plasma clearance of parent drug (20.8 ml/min/kg) and a β half-life of approximately 12 min. The bolus dose kinetics was used to predict the steady state plasma concentrations resulting from s.c. infusion; good agreement was observed between predicted values and experimental results. Based on these preclinical data, DSG has been developed to clinical trial. Initial Phase I protocols involve a 120-h infusion schedule.
↵1 This investigation was supported in part by Contracts N01-CM4-7580 and N01-CM3-7596 from the National Cancer Institute, Department of Health and Human Services.
↵2 To whom requests for reprints should be addressed.
- Received October 1, 1986.
- Accepted October 27, 1986.
- ©1987 American Association for Cancer Research.