Initial solid tumor testing (Stage 1) of AZD1480, an inhibitor of Janus kinases 1 and 2 by the pediatric preclinical testing program

Peter J. Houghton, Raushan T. Kurmasheva, Dmitry Lyalin, John M. Maris, E. Anders Kolb, Richard Gorlick, C. Patrick Reynolds, Min H. Kang, Stephen T. Keir, Jianrong Wu, Malcolm A. Smith

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Background: AZD1480 is an ATP competitive inhibitor of Janus kinases 1 and 2 (JAK1, 2) that has been shown to inhibit the growth of solid tumor models. This agent was selected for testing the putative role of JAK/STAT signaling in the standard PPTP solid tumor models. Procedures: AZD1480 was tested against the PPTP in vitro cell line panel at concentrations from 1.0nM to 10μM and against the PPTP in vivo solid tumor xenograft panels at (60mg/kg once daily (SID)×5) for three consecutive weeks. Additional studies evaluated 5 to 20mg/kg BID×5 with SID dosing at 7-30mg/kg at weekends for three consecutive weeks. Results: In vitro the median relative IC50 (rIC50) for the PPTP cell lines was 1.5μM, with a range from 0.3μM to 5.9μM. The two cell lines with rIC50 values of 0.3μM both had ALK activating genomic alterations. AZD1480 demonstrated statistically significant differences (P<0.05) in EFS distribution compared to control in 89% of the solid tumor xenografts. AZD1480 induced intermediate (EFS T/C>2) or high-level growth inhibition in 15 of 30 (50%) solid tumor xenografts. Tumor regressions were observed in three of six Wilms tumor models at doses that induced inhibition of Stat3(Y705) phosphorylation. Conclusions: AZD1480 demonstrated significant tumor growth inhibition against most PPTP solid tumor xenografts, similar to that observed for antiangiogenic agents tested by the PPTP. Tumor regressing activity was noted for Wilms tumor xenografts.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1972-1979
Number of pages8
JournalPediatric Blood and Cancer
Issue number11
StatePublished - Nov 1 2014
Externally publishedYes


  • Developmental therapeutics
  • JAK1/2 inhibitor
  • Preclinical testing

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Hematology
  • Oncology
  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health


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