A phase I trial of SJG-136 (NSC#694501) in advanced solid tumors. Academic Article uri icon



  • PURPOSE: SJG-136 is a pyrrolobenzodiazepine dimer that forms DNA crosslinks and has demonstrated broad antitumor activity. We undertook this trial to determine the maximum-tolerated dose (MTD), toxicities and pharmacokinetic (PK) profile of SJG-136 in patients with an advanced solid tumor. PATIENTS AND METHODS: In this phase I study, patients were treated with SJG-136 on days 1, 8 and 15 of a 28-day cycle. Dose levels studied were 10, 20, 40 and 60 microg/m2. PK parameters of SJG-136 were assessed following the intravenous administration of SJG-136 on days 1 and 15 of cycle 1. RESULTS: Twenty-one patients with advanced solid tumors were treated. Patients had a median of two prior chemotherapy regimens. Fatigue was dose-limiting with SJG-136 60 microg/m2/day administered on days 1, 8 and 15 of a 28-day cycle. Grade 3 thrombocytopenia and delayed onset liver toxicity were seen in one patient each. PK parameters of SJG-136 indicated dose-proportional increases in systemic exposure with increasing doses. No objective responses were seen. CONCLUSION: For patients with advanced solid tumors, the MTD of SJG-136 is 40 microg/m2/day administered on days 1, 8 and 15 of a 28-day cycle. The major dose limiting toxicity was fatigue. Alternative dosing strategies are now being evaluated.

publication date

  • August 12, 2009



  • Antineoplastic Agents
  • Benzodiazepinones
  • Pyrroles


PubMed Central ID

  • PMC3711187

Scopus Document Identifier

  • 77649192721

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1007/s00280-009-1088-4

PubMed ID

  • 19672598

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