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A Phase 1 Study of Peposertib (M3814) and Low-Dose Liposomal Doxorubicin in Patients with Metastatic Leiomyosarcoma and Other Soft Tissue Sarcomas

This study is currently recruiting participants.

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Sponsoring Institute

National Cancer Institute (NCI)

Recruitment Detail

Type: Participants currently recruited/enrolled
Gender: Male & Female
Min Age: 18 Years
Max Age: 120 Years

Referral Letter Required


Population Exclusion(s)

Pregnant Women


Combination Therapy;

Recruitment Keyword(s)



Undifferentiated pleomorphic sarcoma;
Synovial Sarcoma;
Dedifferentiated liposarcoma;
Soft Tissue Sarcoma

Investigational Drug(s)

M3814 (peposertib)

Investigational Device(s)



Drug: Peposertib
Drug: Doxil

Supporting Site

National Cancer Institute


Soft tissue sarcomas (STS) are rare cancers that affect the skin and connective tissue. Leiomyosarcomas (LMS), which affect muscle tissue, are among the most common STS. When LMS spreads or returns after treatment, average survival rates are 20 months.


To test peposertib combined with liposomal doxorubicin in people with LMS.


Adults aged 18 years or older with LMS who have been treated with at least 1 prior line of therapy. The cancer must have no other treatment options, including surgery.


Participants will be screened. They will have blood tests. They will have a biopsy: A sample of tissue will be removed from the tumor.

Participants will be treated in 28-day cycles.

Liposomal doxorubicin is administered through a tube attached to a needle inserted in a vein in the arm. Participants will be given this drug on the first day of each cycle.

Peposertib is a tablet taken by mouth. Participants will take this drug at home twice a day, every day. They will write down the times they take each tablet in a diary.

Some participants in the study may receive different doses of each drug.

Blood tests and biopsies will be repeated at some visits.

Participants may remain in the study as long as the treatment is helping them.

Participants will have a follow-up phone call 30 days after their last dose of the peposertib.

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- Patients must have histologically confirmed sarcoma that is metastatic or unresectable and for which there is no known curative treatment.

- Dose escalation cohort: Patients must have histologic diagnosis of leiomyosarcoma (LMS) or selected soft tissue sarcomas (myxofibrosarcoma [MFS], undifferentiated pleomorphic sarcoma [UPS], synovial sarcoma, or dedifferentiated liposarcoma [DDLPS]). Pathology review and confirmation of diagnosis will occur at the site enrolling the patient on this study.

- Dose expansion cohort: Patients must have histology diagnosis of LMS. Pathology review and confirmation of diagnosis will occur at the site enrolling the patient on this study.

- Dose escalation cohort: Patients must have evaluable disease that is amenable to biopsy

- Dose expansion cohort: Patients must have disease which is measurable at study entry according to RECIST 1.1 criteria and amenable to biopsy

- Patients must have been treated with at least 1 prior line of therapy. Prior anthracycline use is permitted as long as the cumulative dose prior to enrollment does not exceed 300 mg/m2.

- Age >=18 years. Because no dosing or adverse event data are currently available on the use of peposertib (M3814) in combination with liposomal doxorubicin in patients <18 years of age, children are excluded from this study.

- ECOG performance status <=2 (Karnofsky >=60%) for both dose escalation and dose expansion.

- Patients must have adequate organ and marrow function as defined below:

absolute neutrophil count >=1,500/mcL

platelets >=100,000/mcL

total bilirubin <= 1.5x institutional upper limit of normal (ULN)

AST(SGOT)/ALT(SGPT) <= 3(SqrRoot) institutional ULN

hemoglobin >= 8 g/dL

glomerular filtration rate (GFR) >=51 mL/min/1.73 m^2 (per institutional estimate based on creatinine level)

- Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)-infected patients on effective anti-retroviral therapy with undetectable viral load within 6 months are eligible for this trial.

- For patients with evidence of chronic hepatitis B virus (HBV) infection, the HBV viral load must be undetectable on suppressive therapy, if indicated.

- Patients with a history of hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection must have been treated and cured. For patients with HCV infection who are currently on treatment, they are eligible if they have an undetectable HCV viral load.

- Patients with treated brain metastases are eligible if follow-up brain imaging after central nervous system (CNS)-directed therapy shows no evidence of progression while off steroid support.

- Patients with a prior or concurrent malignancy whose natural history or treatment does not have the potential to interfere with the safety or efficacy assessment of the investigational regimen are eligible for this trial.

- Patients with known history of clinically significant cardiac disease, or current symptoms of cardiac disease, or history of treatment with cardiotoxic agents should have a clinical risk assessment of cardiac function using the New York Heart Association Functional Classification. To be eligible for this trial, patients should be class 2B or better and have an LVEF above the institutional upper limit of normal if LVEF measurement is available.

- Female patients of childbearing potential must have a negative urine or serum pregnancy test within 72 hours prior to receiving the first dose of study medication. If the urine test is positive or cannot be confirmed as negative, a serum pregnancy test will be required.

Female patients of childbearing potential must be willing to use an adequate method of contraception as outlined in Section 6.5 (Contraception and Pregnancy) for the course of the study through 3 months after the last dose of peposertib (M3814) and 6 months after the last dose of liposomal doxorubicin.

Male patients of reproductive potential must agree to avoid impregnating a partner while receiving study drug and for 3 months after the last dose of peposertib (M3814) and 6 months after the last dose of liposomal doxorubicinby complying with adequate methods of contraception.

Note: Abstinence is acceptable if this is the usual lifestyle and preferred contraception for the patient.

- Ability to understand and the willingness to sign a written informed consent document.


- Patients who have not recovered from adverse events due to prior anti-cancer therapy (i.e., have residual toxicities > Grade 1) with the exception of alopecia.

- Prior palliative radiotherapy within 14 days of Cycle 1 Day 1 and prior definitive radiotherapy within 42 days of Cycle 1 Day 1. Adverse effects of radiation therapy must resolve to baseline prior to Cycle 1 Day 1.

- Patients who are receiving any other investigational agents.

- History of allergic reactions attributed to compounds of similar chemical or biologic composition to peposertib (M3814) or other agents used in study.

- Patients who cannot discontinue concomitant medications or herbal supplements that are strong inhibitors or strong inducers of cytochrome P450 (CYP) isoenzymes CYP3A4/5, CYP2C9, and CYP2C19. Concomitant use of CYP3A4/5 substrates with a narrow therapeutic index are also excluded. Patients may confer with the study doctor to determine if alternative medications can be used. The following categories of medications and herbal supplements must be discontinued for at least the specified period of time before the patient can be treated:

-- Strong inducers of CYP3A4/5 and CYP2C19: >=3 weeks prior to study treatment

-- Strong inhibitors of CYP3A4/5 and CYP2C19: >=1 week prior to study treatment

-- Substrates of CYP3A4/5 with a narrow therapeutic index: >=1 day prior to study treatment

-- Strong inhibitors of CYP2C9: >=1 week prior to study treatment

- Patients who cannot discontinue concomitant proton-pump inhibitors (PPIs). Patients may confer with the study doctor to determine if such medications can be discontinued. These must be discontinued >=5 days prior to study treatment. Patients do not need to discontinue calcium carbonate.

- LVEF measurement and baseline ECG should be performed as clinically indicated based on cardiac risk assessment of the investigator; patients with known LVEF < the institutional lower limit of normal (LLN) are excluded.

- Patients with uncontrolled intercurrent illness.

- Patients who cannot swallow tablets whole.

- Patients with new or progressive brain metastases (active brain metastases) or leptomeningeal disease are eligible if the treating physician determines that immediate CNS specific treatment is not required and is unlikely to be required during the first cycle of therapy.

- Pregnant women are excluded from this study because peposertib (M3814) is an ATP- competitive inhibitor of DNA-PKcs with the potential for teratogenic or abortifacient effects. Because there is an unknown but potential risk for adverse events in nursing infants secondary to treatment of the mother with peposertib (M3814), breastfeeding should be discontinued if the mother is treated with peposertib (M3814). These potential risks may also apply to other agents used in this study.

- Patients may not have received prior treatment with a DNA-PK inhibitor.

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Principal Investigator

Referral Contact

For more information:

Alice P. Chen, M.D.
National Cancer Institute (NCI)
(240) 781-3320

Nancy Moore, R.N.
National Cancer Institute (NCI)
National Institutes of Health
Building 10
Room 8D53
10 Center Drive
Bethesda, Maryland 20892
(240) 760-6045

NCI Referral Office
National Institute of Health Clinical Center (CC), 9000 Rockville Pike, Bethesda, Maryland 20892, United States: NCI Clinical Trials Referral Office

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