Safety profile, pharmacokinetics, and biologic activity of MEDI-563, an anti–IL-5 receptor α antibody, in a phase I study of subjects with mild asthma
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BACKGROUND: Increased eosinophil levels have been linked to airway inflammation and asthma exacerbations. IL-5 is responsible for eosinophil differentiation, proliferation, and activation; IL-5 receptors are expressed on eosinophils and their progenitors, and targeting such receptors induces eosinophil apoptosis. OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the safety profile, pharmacokinetics, and pharmacodynamics of MEDI-563, a humanized mAb targeting the IL-5 receptor alpha chain. METHODS: Single, escalating, intravenous doses (0.0003-3 mg/kg) of MEDI-563 were administered to subjects with mild atopic asthma (n = 44) over approximately 3 to 30 minutes in this open-label study. Pulmonary function, symptom scores, adverse events, MEDI-563 pharmacokinetics, and levels of C-reactive protein (CRP), IL-6, eosinophil cationic protein (ECP), and eosinophils were evaluated. RESULTS: Mean peripheral blood (PB) eosinophil levels decreased in a dose-dependent fashion (baseline +/- SD, 0.27 +/- 0.2 x 10(3)/microL; 24 hours postdose, 0.01 +/- 0.0 x 10(3)/microL); 94.0% of subjects receiving >or=0.03 mg/kg exhibited levels between 0.00 x 10(3)/microL and 0.01 x 10(3)/microL. Eosinopenia lasted at least 8 or 12 weeks with doses of 0.03 to 0.1 and 0.3 to 3 mg/kg, respectively. ECP levels were reduced from 21.4 +/- 17.2 microg/L (baseline) to 10.3 +/- 7.0 microg/L (24 hours postdose). The most frequently reported adverse events were reduced white blood cell counts (34.1%), nasopharyngitis (27.3%), and increased blood creatine phosphokinase (25.0%). Mean C-reactive protein levels increased approximately 5.5-fold at 24 hours postdose but returned to baseline by study end; mean IL-6 levels increased approximately 3.9-fold to 4.7-fold at 6 to 12 hours postdose, respectively. Pharmacokinetic activity was dose proportional at doses of 0.03 to 3 mg/kg. CONCLUSION: Single escalating doses of MEDI-563 had an acceptable safety profile and resulted in marked reduction of PB eosinophil counts within 24 hours after dosing.
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