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Rucaparib: a novel PARP inhibitor for BRCA advanced ovarian cancer

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Published:21st Mar 2018
Author: Colombo I, Lheureux S, Oza AM.
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Ref.:Drug Des Devel Ther. 2018;12:605-617.
Rucaparib: a novel PARP inhibitor for BRCA advanced ovarian cancer

Rucaparib is a potent small-molecule inhibitor of poly (ADP-ribose) polymerase (PARP) proteins (PARP-1, PARP-2 and PARP-3) that play an important role in repairing DNA damage and maintaining genomic stability. Tumors with mutations in BRCA1/2 or other homologous recombination deficiency (HRD) genes are particularly sensitive to PARP inhibitors because of "synthetic lethality", whereby a therapeutic agent can take advantage of an intrinsic weakness in DNA repair. Rucaparib has been investigated in several preclinical and clinical studies showing promising activity in BRCA-mutant and BRCA-wild-type epithelial ovarian cancers (EOCs). Dose-escalation Phase I studies have established the recommended Phase II dose to be 600 mg twice a day for oral rucaparib. Phase II and III studies have defined its role as treatment for BRCA-mutant recurrent high-grade EOC and as maintenance treatment for platinum-sensitive relapsed EOC following response to platinum-based chemotherapy. Genomic loss of heterozygosity has also been investigated as a potential signature of HRD and as a potential predictive biomarker of response. Treatment-induced adverse events (AEs) have been observed in almost all patients treated with rucaparib, but mainly lower grade; with the most common being nausea, vomiting, asthenia/fatigue, anemia and transient transaminitis. The majority of AEs occurred early in treatment, were transient and have been easily managed with supportive treatment, dose interruption or discontinuation. This review will analyze the results of clinical trials investigating efficacy and safety of rucaparib in patients with ovarian cancer.

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