Docetaxel entrapped nanoparticle CPC634 is associated with dose-related skin toxicity that resembles conventional docetaxel (Cd)-related skin toxicity. This study compared the cutaneous pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics of docetaxel and CPC634. In this randomised cross-over study, patients with solid tumours received one cycle of CPC634 and Cd (both at 75 mg/m2). Skin biopsies were taken at baseline and at day 8 of both cycles. Released and total docetaxel (released docetaxel plus entrapped docetaxel) concentrations and histopathological changes in the skin biopsies were evaluated. Twenty patients underwent paired skin biopsies for pharmacokinetic analysis and 10 patients had biopsies available for histopathological assessment. The total skin docetaxel concentration was 369% (95%CI: 229% to 569%, p < 0.001) higher after CPC634 administration compared to Cd while the released docetaxel concentrations were not statistically different (95%CI: −9% to 63%, p = 0.169). The CPC634 released docetaxel concentration in the skin was positively correlated with plasma concentrations (Pearson’s correlation 0.48, p = 0.03). Histopathological examination revealed increased apoptosis, mitotic cells with nuclear atypia, and micronucleation with an enhanced Ki-67 index for both compounds. In conclusion, both CPC634 and Cd treatment result in docetaxel exposure in the skin causing cutaneous anti-mitotic effects such as micronucleation, which could induce an inflammatory reaction leading to skin toxicity.
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This investigator-initiated study was funded by Cristal Therapeutics (unrestricted grant).
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