A Phase II Study of sEphB4-HSA in Metastatic Castration-Resistant Prostate Cancer

David J. VanderWeele, Masha Kocherginsky, Sabah Munir, Brenda Martone, Vinay Sagar, Alicia Morgans, Walter M. Stadler, Sarki Abdulkadir, Maha Hussain*

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Introduction: Ephrin receptors and their membrane-localized ligands induce bidirectional signaling and facilitate tumor-stroma interactions. Blocking the EphB4-EphrinB2 pathway, which can be accomplished by soluble EphB4 conjugated to human serum albumin (sEphB4-HSA), promotes cell death in preclinical models of aggressive prostate cancer. We hypothesized that targeting the EphB4-EphrinB2 pathway may serve as a therapeutic target in the treatment of metastatic castration resistant prostate cancer (mCRPC). Patients and Methods: We conducted a single arm, phase II trial in patients with progressive mCRPC who had received no more than 3 prior therapies for mCRPC. sEphB4-HSA 1000 mg IV was administered every 2 weeks, extending to 3 weeks starting from cycle 7. The primary endpoint was confirmed prostate specific antigen (PSA) response rate. We employed a Simon 2-stage Minimax design with 15 patients in the first stage and 10 additional patients in the second stage. Results: Fourteen eligible patients enrolled in the study with median age of 73.5 years (range: 52-83) and median baseline PSA of 65.11 ng/mL (range: 7.77-2850 ng/mL). Most patients received 3 prior therapies for mCRPC. The median treatment duration with sEphB4-HSA was 6.5 weeks (range: 2-35 weeks). Three patients experienced a serious adverse event potentially related to therapy, including 1 patient with a grade 5 event (cerebral vascular accident) possibly related to the study drug. No patient had a confirmed PSA response, and the study was stopped for futility. Thirteen patients had PSA progression. The median time to PSA progression was 28 days (90% CI: 28-42 days), and median time to radiologic progression was 55 days (90% CI: 54-72 days). Of 3 patients with measurable disease, 2 had stable disease and one had progressive disease. Conclusion: In patients with mCRPC who progressed on prior second generation AR-targeted therapy, sEphB4-HSA monotherapy had no discernable anti-tumor activity.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)575-580
Number of pages6
JournalClinical Genitourinary Cancer
Issue number6
StatePublished - Dec 2022


  • Castration resistant prostate cancer
  • Clinical trial
  • Eph receptor
  • Ephrins
  • Microenvironment

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Urology
  • Oncology


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