A University of Chicago Consortium Phase II trial of SB-715992 in advanced renal cell cancer

Richard T. Lee, Kathleen E. Beekman, Maha Hussain, Nancy B. Davis, Joseph I. Clark, Sachdev P. Thomas, Katherine F. Nichols, Walter M. Stadler

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Background: Advanced renal cell cancer (RCC) continues to have a poor overall prognosis despite new FDA-approved therapies. Although taxane-based therapies are generally ineffective in RCC, research into the role of the von Hippel-Lindau protein has shown an association with microtubule dynamics. Mitotic kinesins are a class of molecular motors that also interact with microtubules and are required for proper mitotic function. SB-715992 is a new agent that inhibits the function of a mitotic kinesin known as kinesin spindle protein and leads to cell death. Patients and Methods: Twenty patients with previously treated advanced RCC were enrolled on this phase II trial of SB-715992, with response rate as a primary endpoint. Results: No patients responded with complete or partial remission. Six patients had stable disease, and 1 patient continues on therapy after 12 cycles. Common toxicities included anemia (80%), elevated creatinine (70%), lymphopenia (45%), fatigue (50%), hyperglycemia (50%), and dyspnea (45%). Reported grade 3/4 toxicities included dyspnea, fatigue, neutropenia with skin infection, dizziness, hyperuricemia, and hypertension. Conclusion: This dose and schedule of SB-715992 does not appear to have a significant cytotoxic effect for patients with previously treated advanced RCC.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)21-24
Number of pages4
JournalClinical Genitourinary Cancer
Issue number1
StatePublished - Mar 2008


  • Kinesins
  • Microtubules Multidrug resistance-associated protein 2
  • Von Hippel-Lindau

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Urology
  • Oncology


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