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The cyclic AMP (cAMP)-dependent protein kinase regulatory subunit RI is overexpressed in cancer cells. 8-Chloro-cAMP (8-Cl-cAMP) is an RII site-specific analogue that down-regulates RI and inhibits the growth of a wide range of cancer cells in vitro and in vivo. We performed a Phase I trial of 8-Cl-cAMP in 32 patients with malignancies that were refractory to standard treatments. 8-Cl-cAMP was initially given in a 1-month cycle by constant infusion at 0.005 mg/kg/h for 21 days, followed by 1 week of rest. The dose was escalated to 0.045 mg/kg/h, but hypercalcemia became the dose-limiting toxicity. The length of drug administration was, therefore, reduced to 5 days per week for the first 3 weeks of the cycle, but it was not possible to increase the drug dose without producing hypercalcemia. Hence, the length of drug administration was reduced to 3 days per week for the first 3 weeks of the cycle. The maximum tolerated dose for this regimen was 0.15 mg/kg/h, and the dose-limiting toxicities were reversible hypercalcemia and hepatotoxicity. Stable disease for > or =4 months was observed in two patients treated at > or =0.045 mg/kg. cAMP-dependent protein kinase is involved in hormone- and cytokine-mediated signaling, and so representative hormone, cytokine, and peripheral lymphocyte subsets were measured. The drug had a parathyroid hormone-like effect on calcium homeostasis and significantly increased circulating luteinizing hormone and 17-hydoxyprogesterone levels (P < 0.02 and P < 0.0006, respectively). We conclude that 8-Cl-cAMP is well tolerated without attendant myelotoxicity, and in this study, it was associated with biological effects. In Phase II studies, a dose of 0.11 mg/kg/h for 3 days per week would be appropriate.


Journal article


Clin Cancer Res

Publication Date





1682 - 1689


8-Bromo Cyclic Adenosine Monophosphate, Adult, Aged, Antineoplastic Agents, Cytokines, Female, Hormones, Humans, Hypercalcemia, Kidney, Liver, Lymphocyte Subsets, Male, Middle Aged, Nausea, Neoplasms, Treatment Outcome, Vomiting